[cups.general] cups/gs problem--text not printing

Kenward Vaughan kay_jay at earthlink.net
Mon Aug 8 09:06:40 PDT 2005

Hi all,

I tried to post a note late yesterday to this list, but I don't know if
it went through or not (it was not evident from the forum), so I have
joined, and wanted to re-post my question.  I apologize for any

I have CUPS set up on a Debian Sid machine with both an hp 1200 and an
Epson R300 printer.  After I updated the system last week, printing
stopped working properly on both printers for most documents. 
Error-level logging in CUPS gives the following:

D [07/Aug/2005:22:05:52 -0700] [Job 1833] ESP Ghostscript 815.00:
Error: Font Renderer Plugin ( FreeType ) return code = -1
D [07/Aug/2005:22:05:52 -0700] [Job 1833] FAPIhook NimbusRomNo9L-Regu
D [07/Aug/2005:22:05:52 -0700] [Job 1833] FAPIhook is in .loadfont
context for the font Font NimbusRomNo9L-Regu.
D [07/Aug/2005:22:05:52 -0700] [Job 1833] Trying to render the font
Font NimbusRomNo9L-Regu with FAPI...
D [07/Aug/2005:22:05:52 -0700] [Job 1833] FAPIhook Times-Roman
D [07/Aug/2005:22:05:52 -0700] [Job 1833] PathLoad known for the font
Error: /invalidfont in -dict-

I am not familiar at all with this, nor fonts in general, so I'm
stumped outside of assuming the obvious, that my font configuration's
been messed up somehow.

I've reinstalled and reconfigured basically every font package I have
on the system (gsfonts ec-fonts-mftraced gsfonts-x11 latex-xft-fonts
msttcorefonts xfonts-100dpi xfonts-75dpi xfonts-base xfonts-scalable),
as well as gs-esp and psfontmgr. 

I don't know what else to try.  Googling ultimately led to this list,
but no other clues beyond that.  :(

Any suggestions?  I'm at a loss right now...

Kenward Vaughan

ps. Another issue that cropped up at the same time was the loss of
printing under the Gimp, but I'm guessing that is different than this
and is related to the cupsys-driver-gutenprint and related packages. 
Thought I'd throw that in here though, in case someone knew
differently.  :)
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