Fast personal printing _without_ CUPS

Jerry jerry at
Fri Oct 28 10:36:25 UTC 2011

On Fri, 28 Oct 2011 08:08:07 +0000 (GMT)
Thomas Mueller articulated:

> from Mark Felder <feld at>:
> > You've just made me a happy, happy user. I always wondered what it
> > would take to get rid of CUPS, and today I've done it. Finally my
> > print jobs are instantaneous here at work instead of being a
> > mystery. Can't wait to go home and do the same with my personal
> > laser.
> I wish I could do that with my HP n1212mf LaserJet, but the necessary
> hplip port depends on cups-base.
> I could not get that printer to work on the old computer under
> FreeBSD 8.2 and NetBSD 5.1_STABLE, problems with the tricky USB
> interface, won't work with ulpt, but I didn't try the ethernet way
> yet.
> On the new computer, FreeBSD being the only hard-drive OS installed
> so far, I built hplip but haven't tested it yet.  Upgrading by source
> from FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 to RC1, I was sure to deactivate ulpt in the
> kernel config file.  I am still struggling with some files in /etc
> messed up by mergemaster.  I may have found a solution but haven't
> tested it yet; I did back up my old /etc directory.
> Then I have to portupgrade hplip and dependencies (portupgrade
> -r ...) or the portmaster equivalent.

Welcome to the wonderful world of printing on FreeBSD. By the way, is
the time you are investing in this venture considered billable hours or
just self-flagellation?

Jerry ✌
jerry+fbsd at

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