Derrick Ryalls freebsd at
Thu Apr 15 10:52:03 PDT 2004

> Robert Storey wrote:
> >Dear all,
> >
> >Having looked at the mind-boggling amount of configuration 
> information 
> >that is in the Handbook, I decided to just install CUPS. I'm very 
> >familiar with CUPS, having configured it many times in Linux.
> >
> >So I installed the CUPS daemon, and started it by going to 
> >/usr/local/etc/rc.d/ and renaming the sample file to I even 
> >did a "./ start" and that worked - that is, my 
> printer reacted 
> >by moving the print head, and I could fire up Mozilla and type 
> >"http://localhost:631" and then reach the CUPS configuration 
> page. My 
> >printer is an Epson 24-pin dot-matrix onf /dev/lpt0 - there 
> is a driver 
> >for that, so no problem. So that should be enough to make it 
> work - at 
> >least that would do the job under Linux. But attempting to 
> print a test 
> >page gives me nothing.
> >
> >The Handbook says almost zilch about CUPS other than suggesting that 
> >one should look at for advice. Of course, 
> has little 
> >to say about BSD.
> >
> >So I'm wondering what I did wrong? Any help is appreciated.
> >
> >best regards,
> >Robert
> >  
> >
> I'm a definite newbie when it comes to printing; but I'll
> take a shot (hopefully you're taking that first sentence
> under advisement) in the hopes that keeping the thread
> alive will get you what you need before too many days
> pass.  Probably these questions are more to satisfy my 
> curiosity than to give help ... but let's go:
> First, what command are you using to attempt to print
> the test page?
> Secondly, what does your entry for the printer look like
> in /etc/printcap?
> Anything in your logs?  /var/log/messages, perhaps...
> Lastly, did you restart the daemon? 
>     $lpc restart all
> Like I said; I may be off base here, but maybe there's
> food for thought; at the very least maybe somebody
> else can grab the ball and run with it

I no longer use CUPS myself, but when I had it setup, I had to make sure the
system lp* files where chmod'ed to -x so that the CUPS version would be used
instead.  The above link suggests moving /usr/local/bin before /usr/bin in
your path, but that just doesn't give me warm fuzzy feelings.

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