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3.6.2 CUPS™

The Common UNIX Printing System (or CUPS™) is installed by using aptitude and installing all packages under "Tasks" -> "Servers" -> "Print Server". (Sarge) For the best result, you should set aptitude with "F10" -> "Options" -> "Dependency handling" -> "[X] Install Recommended packages automatically".

KDE and Gnome Desktop Environments provide easy printer configuration. Alternatively, you can configure the system using any web browser if swat is installed:

     $ mybrowser https://localhost:631

For example, to add your printer on some port to the list of accessible printers:

  • click "Printers" from the main page, and then "Add Printer",

  • enter "root" for the username and its password,

  • proceed to add the printer following the prompts,

  • go back to the "Printers" page and click "Configure Printer", and

  • proceed to configure the paper size, resolution, and other parameters.

See more information at https://localhost:631/documentation.html and https://www.cups.org/cups-help.html.

For a 2.4 kernel, see also Parallel port support, Section 7.2.6.


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