The nightmarish problem of installing a printer

Peter fbsdq at
Fri Sep 17 07:40:51 UTC 2010

> On Fri, 17 Sep 2010 01:45:54 +0100
> Chabane HEMDANI <hemdani2009 at> wrote:
>> 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%20>
>> and finally, I've given to my students the wrong  answer that "no one
>> can
>> print under FreeBSD !"
> Which is wrong, all you need is a printer, that is _supported_.
>> Please where is the problem?
> The LaserJet 1018 uses another protocol, so you need aditional software.
> Take a look at these sites:
> Before buying the next printer, see whether or not it is supported by
> Cups . Same goes for your students.
> Andreas
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I got an HP Laser 1018 - works perfectly fine using the foo2zjs drivers,
and I do believe ultp0.  I can send you my configs once I get home if you
want.  The real pain which I keep forgetting after a reload or on new pc,
was having to initialize [cat firmware > /dev/ulpt0] each time the
computer is rebooted [ie @reboot in cron].


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