cannot print in kde apps using lp

Jonathan Chen jonc at
Mon Oct 23 18:03:19 UTC 2006

On Mon, Oct 23, 2006 at 10:45:05AM -0700, Karl Agee wrote:
> I posted about this about a month ago, thought i had
> it it figured out but I guess I fooled myself.
> I have kde 3.5.4 installed in fbsd6.1.  I cannot print
> from kde applications, such as the printer control
> module, kpdf, etc. 
> I can print just_fine from OO.o, Firefox and Adobe
> Reader 7.  
> The error kde gives me is:  
> usr/local/bin/lpr -P 'lp' '-#1'
> '/usr/local/share/apps/kdeprint/' :
> execution failed with message:
> /usr/local/bin/lpr: Connection refused 
> I do have cups installed but it is not running or
> enabled.  
> I dont understand why I can print from non-kde apps
> but not from kde apps.  

The problem is the `lpr' that KDE is invoking. It's using it's own
internal version that requires CUPS to be running. I don't like
CUPS, so I recompiled the whole of KDE making sure that x11/kdelibs3
had the flag -DWITHOUT_CUPS. With this flag, KDE runs /usr/bin/lpr

Jonathan Chen <jonc at>
                                Don't worry about avoiding temptation,
                            as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.

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