Help with CUPS reconfiguration

stan stanb at
Fri Nov 6 13:50:40 UTC 2009

On Fri, Nov 06, 2009 at 12:23:51AM +0100, Polytropon wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Nov 2009 17:22:39 -0500, stan <stanb at> wrote:
> > It tells me how to configure cups, but as far as I can
> > tell, it does not tell me how to get cups to regenerate /etc/printcap,
> > which is what I need to do.
> I have very few experience with CUPS (prefer apsfilter or PS),
> but as far as I understood, the printcap file is altered
> every time a printer is changed. So when you remove the
> existing printer and create it again, all files should be
> regenerated, both the /etc/printcap file as well as the
> files in the /usr/local/etc/cups subtree.
> Deleting and recreating still sounds like the "Windows"
> way of doing things, but due to my impression that CUPS
> is designed in a way that it appeals this special kind
> of users' expectations, this may be the only way to achieve
> your goal.

I agree with everthing you said.

The question I am sking, though, is "How can I modify the CUPS
configuration, without using the web based interface (which is not working,
in such a manner that the /etc/printcap file gets rebuilt.

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