The nightmarish problem of installing a printer

Chabane HEMDANI hemdani2009 at
Fri Sep 17 01:02:07 UTC 2010

 I'm computer science teacher at university of Tizi-ouzou in Algeria. I'm
using FreeBSD since 2007 when I "discover" it by chance when searching in
the Web something about Linux.
 Since that date, I always invited and recommended to my students to install
and use this "magical" and my favorite system.

However, all my students retort me that they have a problem of installing
their printers. I have so this problem, so I can't tell good-bye
definitively to winosor and Linux. I always need them for printing.

I've search, read, learn, follow instructions about nearly all the
web-documentation about installing a new printer to work under cups without
any success. I've  an HP Laser Jet 1018 printer and tools given by package
print/hplip don't work correctly.

I'm using FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE
I've rebuild a kernel without  ulpt.
I modified my /etc/rc.conf to enable cupsd and hpiod and  hpssd.
I modified /etc/devfs.rules like suggested by cups (see pkg_info -D
cups-base-1.4.4 ).
I've made many other configurations like that suggested at,_hplip
and finally, I've given to my students the wrong  answer that "no one can
print under FreeBSD !"

Please where is the problem?
Please help me to help others.
Please help me to enlarge the FreeBSD users community.

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