[cups.general] foomatic fails

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Thu May 1 10:51:54 PDT 2008

Aristides Katavolos wrote:
> Dear Till,
> Thank you very much for your prompt reply.
>>> I am trying to install an epson EPL5800L printer on my recently installed kubuntu 8.04. I have followed the instructions in
>>>   http://www.linux-foundation.org/en/OpenPrinting/Database/CUPSDocumentation
>>> but when I try to print a test page I get the message
>>> epson "/usr/lib/cups/filter/foomatic-rip failed"
>> See Kurt Pfeifle's CUPS trobleshooting HOWTO, it especially tells you
>> how to activate the debug mode of CUPS and how to find the origin of the
>> problem then.
>> http://www.cups.org/cups-help.html
> I have followed this, modified the cupsd.conf file, but didn't get anything more detailed in the error log.

Did you restart CUPS after modifying cupsd.conf ("sudo 
/etc/init.d/cupsys restart")?

>> In most cases it is not Foomatic itself, often this happens when
>> Ghostscript crashes on bad Postscript, driver executables or libraries
>> are not installed, fonts are missing, ...
>>> I got the .ppd file by downloading
>>> epsoneplijs-0.4.0.tgz from  http://sourceforge.net/
>> Are you sure that you have installed the full package and not only the
>> PPD file?
> Actually, I only copied the PPD file; I will now install the full package and get back to you with the results.

You need to install the full package, the PPD is only a driver 
description, not the driver itself.


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