Unable to convert file 0 to printable format

Daniel Kasak dkasak at nusconsulting.com.au
Sun Apr 3 19:03:16 PDT 2005

Steve wrote:
> Hi, all,
> I'm trying to get Ubuntu Warty installed, and before committing to the install wanted to use the Live CD to check that everything was working properly.
> Printing ain't.
> I've got a Lexmark E322 printer, which is a Postscript printer and has been running fine in my old Red Hat system with an Optra E312 driver. CUPS  is giving me this unfathomable error, though:
> E [02/Apr/2005:08:05:06 +0000] Unable to convert file 0 to printable format for job 1!
> I [02/Apr/2005:08:05:06 +0000] Hint: Do you have ESP Ghostscript installed?
> gs -v reveals that ESP Ghostscript is installed.

I had this exact error recently when testing out drivers for my new
Epson R800 ( which is an amazing printer, by the way ).

The Epson uses Gimp-Print ( now Guttenprint or something ), which I
*think* gets called by ghostscript ... or it could be the other way
around. Don't know.

Anyway, what had happened was that I'd compiled Gimp-Print with the
default prefix directory, so it went into /usr/local

When I realised this, I uninstalled Gimp-Print, and re-installed with
-prefix=/usr as one of the ./configure switches, and now it works perfectly.

Not sure if this is what's happening in your case, but anyway, it looks
like CUPS will complain that it can't find Ghostscript if there are
*any* problems in the rendering process.


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