can't print with lpr

Anonymous anonymous at
Tue Jul 20 09:00:21 PDT 2004

Answering my message 5 minutes later.


Anonymous wrote:
> I can print a test page from the web browser admin page
> but if I try to print from the command line using lpr I get
> nothing. The print jobs are in /var/spool/lpd/deskjet
> but nothing happens. When I run lpq as root I get the following;
> Error: loop in printcap- deskjet at ->
> deskjet at mycomputer
> When I check the /etc/printcap I see;
> # This file was automatically generated by cupsd(8) from the
> # /etc/cups/printers.conf file.  All changes to this file
> # will be lost.
> deskjet|deskjet:rm=mycomputer:rp=deskjet:
> No obvious loop that I can se here. I don't even think this
> is the problem.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated. I don't see why printing
> in linux requires you to be a printing administration guru.
> I have been using linux for 10 years and the printing part has
> never gotten any easier. You spend hours and hours reading man
> poages and docs and README's and on and on and it always turns
> out to be some simple little something somewhere in all the
> numerous steps to get printing running that you have missed.
> Anyway sorry for the vent.   :)
> thanks

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