printing problems: CUPS, claws-mail, firefox and xpdf-4

Gary Aitken ah at
Wed Dec 20 17:22:45 UTC 2017

On 12/20/17 08:29, Hartmann, O. wrote:
> At first, please CC me in your response, I'm not subscribing to the
> list.
> I have problems printing on FreeBSD CURRENT (12.0-CURRENT #37 r327022:
> Wed Dec 20 15:07:55 CET 2017 amd64).
> print/cups, graphics/xpdf, mail/claws-mail and www/firefox are of most
> recent version as of usr/ports revvision r456793.
> The phenomenon is that I can not print via firefox' printing facility
> (printer symbol which should open a requester showing all the available
> printers), neither via xpdf or claws-mail.
> CUPS is up and running ans sockstat indicates, that cupsd is listening
> root     cupsd      28838 5  tcp4         *:*
> root     cupsd      28838 7  stream /var/run/cups.sock
> Connecting via firefox and https://localhost:631 works, also printing a
> testpage to any printer configured.
> The not-so-funny part is that either claws-mail, xpdf or firefox'
> printing facility seem to take a long time when selected from menu,
> showing then nothing but printing to file. In firefox, it takes ages to
> come up with this residual set of printing options, xpdf and claws-mail
> are a bit faster.
>>From the console, lpstat -a shows every configured printer and printing
> PS or PDF to a queue from a xterm or console works as expected.
>>From a Linux forum I gathered some pieces of information regarding the
> fact that possibly gtk3 problems may the reason but recompiling the
> usual suspicious ports didn't help, even recompiling firefox, xpdf or
> claws-mail or poppler/podofo didn't change the situation.
> I'm out of ideas. Maybe somebody faces the same problem and has some
> hints - I'd appreciate any tip.

ideas, although I'm currently fighting another issue:

Have a look at /var/log/cups and check error_log and access_log.
Also try using complete path to commands, as the cups commands have
the same name as non-cups ones, e.g. /usr/local/bin/lpr not lpr
which goes to /usr/bin/lpr, the non-cups cmd.


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