conflict between gimp-print and gutenprint

David Benfell benfell at
Mon Jan 29 21:16:45 UTC 2007

On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 11:57:40 -0800, David Benfell wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Jan 2007 18:39:44 +0100, Roland Smith wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 11:44:38PM -0800, David Benfell wrote:
> > > Hello all,
> > > 
> > > I am running FreeBSD 6.2 with CUPS and a printer--specifically an HP Color
> > > LaserJet 5500-DN--that only seems to want to print with the Gutenprint port
> > > installed.
> > > 
> > > Even with the Gutenprint port installed, I had to copy the PPD file over
> > > from a Linux laptop to get color working.
> > 
> > You have to install the PPD file into CUPS. This can be done via
> > administration/Add Printer or Printers/Modify Printer. I used the
> > lpadmin app to add the ppd file:
> > 
> > /usr/local/sbin/lpadmin -E -p clj2550 -v parallel:/dev/lpt0 -P clj2550.ppd
> > 
> The -E option didn't work for me:
> earth# /usr/local/sbin/lpadmin -E -p home -v socket:// -P /usr/local/share/cups/model/custom/hp_color_LaserJet_5500.ppd 
> lpadmin: Unable to connect to server: Bad file descriptor
> Omitting it worked, but I had to go through a cycle of enabling the printer
> before it claimed it accepted a request to print a test page.
> The man page for lpadmin claims both that the -E option forces encryption
> to the server and enables the printer.
> But even after all this, the test page still didn't actually print.  The
> printer just sits there blissfully unaware that it is supposed to be printing
> something.

Okay, it prints now.  Inexplicably, the printer thought it was paused.  (My cat
must have done it.)

Now to try this...

> > In the GIMP, set up the printer as PostScript level 2, and also provide
> > the PPD file.
Okay, I did this, but CUPS never sees print jobs from the Gimp.  How is
one to debug something that fails silently?  I'm not even getting a clue
what's wrong here.

Next question:  How to get OpenOffice to recognize all the printer
attributes?  Spadmin doesn't seem to want to deal with PPD files.


David Benfell, LCP
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