[Wlug] printers

Andy Stewart andystewart at comcast.net
Sat Sep 4 12:04:22 EDT 2004


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Hi everybody,

While I happen to use CUPS, I'd like to note that there is at least one other 
person who had an unhappy first experience.  Eric Raymond documents his 
experience here:
	http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cups-horror.html

Perhaps Chapter 3 of "The User's Guide to the Gimp-Print Top Quality Printer 
Drivers" (authored by yours truly) would be of help in configuring CUPS for a 
very basic installation.  This document is available here:
	http://gimp-print.sourceforge.net/users-guide.pdf

Admittedly, this doesn't cover the "login" window presented by the CUPS 
interface.  After searching the web for some time, I can't find the 
documentation which describes how to setup accounts which give users 
permission to modify certain aspects of CUPS.  It must be somewhere on the 
CUPS website.

When I first configured CUPS, I couldn't for the life of me figure out whether 
to use http, IPP, or otherwise, in describing my printer, and there was no 
guidance to help determine the proper choice.  The CUPS admin web page asking 
for "device URI" confounded me for quite some time.  I found the examples on 
that web page unhelpful.

Now that I have it working, I am happy with it, but admittedly it was rather 
frustrating to do the first time.  In my opinion, the web interface should be 
so simple that I don't *need* to read the manual - at least for a very basic 
installation.

Later,

Andy

- -- 
Andy Stewart, Founder
Worcester Linux Users' Group
Worcester, MA  USA
http://www.wlug.org
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