Configuring a HP Laserjet 1018 USB printer on KDE

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Thu Feb 28 20:53:29 UTC 2008

--On Thursday, February 28, 2008 11:24:04 -0700 Predrag Punosevac 
<punosevac at> wrote:

> User &Robert Falanga wrote:
>> First  am new using freebsd and would like help getting the printer
>> configured. After installing and staarting CUPS. When I go to SETTINGS >
>> Peripherals > printers I get:
> That is not the way to configure printer on vanilla  FreeBSD. If you want to
> use something like that
> install PC-BSD or DesktopBSD.

Well, I beg to differ with you.  That's one way to do it.  Yours is another.

> To install the printer  do the  following
> 1. Alter permission on the device nodes  chmod  0660  /dev/ulpt0
> 2. chgrp cupsd /dev/ulpt0
> 3. Add yourself to cupsd group by editing file /etc/groups

I didn't have to do any of this.

> 4. Move the commands of the native lpd printing system so that you can use
> CUPS commands
> mv /usr/bin/lp          /usr/bin/lp.bak
> mv /usr/bin/lpr         /usr/bin/lpr.bak
> mv /usr/bin/lpq         /usr/bin/lpq.bak
> mv /usr/bin/lprm      /usr/bin/lprm.bak

This is good advice, *if* the cups install has not already overwritten the base 
for you.
        if test -e /usr/bin/lp; then ${CHMOD} -h 0 /usr/bin/lp; fi
        if test -e /usr/bin/lpq; then ${CHMOD} -h 0 /usr/bin/lpq; fi
        if test -e /usr/bin/lpr; then ${CHMOD} -h 0 /usr/bin/lpr; fi
        if test -e /usr/bin/lprm; then ${CHMOD} -h 0 /usr/bin/lprm; fi
        if test -e /usr/sbin/lpc; then ${CHMOD} -h 0 /usr/sbin/lpc; fi

# ls -lsa /usr/bin/lp*
 4 -r--r--r--  1 root  wheel    2590 Feb 21 12:59 /usr/bin/lp
26 -r-Sr-Sr--  1 root  daemon  25876 Feb 21 12:59 /usr/bin/lpq
30 -r-Sr-Sr--  1 root  daemon  29368 Feb 21 12:59 /usr/bin/lpr
26 -r-Sr-Sr--  1 root  daemon  24600 Feb 21 12:59 /usr/bin/lprm

> 4. Restart cupsd for instance by adding cupsd_enable="YES" into your
> /etc/rc.conf at the same time
> disable lpd daemon by adding lpd_enable="NO"

Also good advice.

> 5. Reboot
> 6. Point the web-browser to http://localhost:631 to add the printer

Unfortunately, this didn't work for me.  I got the source code for the page 
displayed in my browser.  If I added a ? to the end (http://localhost:631/?), 
then the page was displayed.

> 1. Your printer is using foo2zjs reversed engineered driver which you must
> compile from ports. People
> have reported mixed results with  the driver! You have to compile the driver
> before you start adding the printer.

Seems to me, for HP printers, the hpijs driver is the right choice.  print/hpijs

> 2. You might need to disable your firewall or at least port 631 which is used
> by Internet Printing Protocol (IPP)
> which is in turned used by CUPS.

Only if you want to be a print server.  If you're just printing from a 
workstation, you don't need to worry about incoming traffic on 631.

>> Unable to retrieve the printer list. Error message received from manager:
>> Connection to CUPS server failed. Check that the CUPS server is correctly
>> installed and running. Error: localhost: read failed (14).

This sounds like he didn't put cupsd_enable="YES" in /etc/rc.conf.

>> If I use LPR/LPRng things seem to be going well until I get to the screen
>> asking for URI:   I have no clue as to what it is asking for.

You might have to uninstall and reinstall cups.  I did.  The first time didn't 
work for some reason.

I used KDE's control center to set up the printer as well as the printer 
manager.  Everything worked fine after the initial failure and the subsequent 

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

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