Cups not working

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Wed Feb 27 23:19:19 UTC 2008

--On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 23:57:48 +0100 Mel 
<fbsd.questions at> wrote:

> On Wednesday 27 February 2008 23:02:31 Paul Schmehl wrote:
>> When I got to http://localhost:631/ I see the text (source) of the webpage
>> rather than the page.  (Cupsd is running.)  I see this in
>> /var/log/cups/access_log:
>> localhost - - [27/Feb/2008:15:58:21 -0600] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 304 0 - -
>> localhost - - [27/Feb/2008:15:58:45 -0600] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 304 0 - -
>> localhost - - [27/Feb/2008:15:59:08 -0600] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 304 0 - -
>> What am I missing?
> You're missing the first request. 304 means it should be in your browser
> cache.
> Either way, if you're seeing the source, it most likely means the webserver
> sends text/plain as mime-type.
> curl -s -o /dev/null --dump-header /dev/stdout http://localhost:631/
> should shed some light on it.

Thanks.  That does shed some light on it.

# curl -s -o /dev/null -dump-header /dev/stdout http://localhost:631/
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" 
        <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=utf-8">
        <TITLE>401 Unauthorized</TITLE>
        <LINK REL="STYLESHEET" TYPE="text/css" HREF="/cups.css">
<H1>401 Unauthorized</H1>
<P>Enter your username and password or the root username and password to access 
this page. If you are using Kerberos authentication, make sure you have a valid 
Kerberos ticket.</P>

So I'm not being prompted for a login.  If I go to http://localhost:631?, I can 
see the home page, but I can't get to anything because I'm not logged in. 
Since I'm never prompted for a login, it's a catch-22.


Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Senior Information Security Analyst
The University of Texas at Dallas

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