printing problems with CUPS on localhost server

Graham North northg at
Thu Aug 4 16:38:21 GMT 2005

Hi Daniel:

As indicated, I have tried to create links that will redirect to the new 
lpr placed in /usr/local/bin
I did not redirect anything to /usr/local/sbin.  My changes were:

mv /usr/bin/lp /usr/bin/lp.bak
mv /usr/bin/lpr /usr/bin/lpr.bak
ln -s /usr/local/bin/lp /usr/bin/lp
ln -s /usr/local/bin/lpr /usr/bin/lpr"

Thanks, Graham/

Daniel Marsh wrote:

> On Thu, 04 Aug 2005 09:13:18 +0800, Graham North <northg at> wrote:
>> I just set up my FreeBSD box to act as a printserver.   I used CUPs and
>> Samba following great directions found here:
>> The printserver works very nicely printing jobs from my WinXP client to
>> an hp4l printer attached to Freebsd, however it will not print files
>> from itself using lpr.
>> A bit of hunting found some "gotchas" at:
>> ... and so I tried
>> adding symbolic links for the lp and lpr commands as per the author's
>> recommendations - see bottom of email.
>> The problem still exists however, now instead of getting error messages,
>> if I issue a "lpr filename" command, my printer gives a quick blink, no
>> errror messages are generated, but neither is printer output - nada!
>> Repeat - Samba and Cups work together fine on this elderly hp4l - print
>> all sorts from Windows.   Just cannot access from the server itself.
>> I am sure that this is a simple configuration issue somewhere -
>> my printcap definition, ie:  hp4l|lp|hp4l:rm=
>> ps. This was auto-generated from CUPs and oirignally was
>> "hp4l|hp4l:rm="
>> (I later inserted the lp myself as CUPS does not, either way it doesn't
>> work.)
>> Can anyone please point me straight on this?
>> Thanks,   Graham/
> Are you using the lpr that was installed with FreeBSD as part of the 
> base  or the lpr supplier by the cups-lpr package?
> FreeBSD base lpr is in /usr/bin|/usr/sbin and the cups-lpr is in  
> /usr/local/bin|/usr/local/sbin...

Kindness can be infectious - try it.

Graham North
Vancouver, BC

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