Printing to a USB printer using CUPS on OpenDebianSlug
The following recipe for getting CUPS printing working on OpenDebianSlug was posted to the mailing list by Rasjid Wilcox. The difficulty is that kernel modules are required to support USB printers, but these are not packaged for OpenDebianSlug.
Updated by Phil Endecott to suggest hotplug. Downlalway: This was used with udev (i.e. not adding hotplug) and extracting usblp.ko and works great with 3.10-beta DebianSlug -change the ipkg feed to the DebianSlug 3.10-beta one though.
There are two ways of installing the OpenSlug kernel module. The first is to extract the .ipk file using ar:
The alternative is to pass the .ipk file to dpkg. The formats are sufficiently similar that it can be made to work:
You'll see various warnings; it's probably a good idea to see if they look serious!
In either case, continue as follows:
To see it work, tail -f /var/log/syslog while you plug in or power on your printer.
Downlalaway: Cupsys 1.2.1 apparently now has over zealous security which by default locks out anyone but the slug from the web gui if in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf the 'Allow From localhost' line is present depsite adding other Allow lines. A fix was to replace 'localhost' with the local LAN IP of the slug, but check the cups mailing lists. I also added:
Giving all the printer drivers, but this is a sizeable download so watch your free space. It may also not be necessary if the slug mainly passes through raw printing from your remote PC's printer driver. I chose IPP printing i.e. to port http://slugIP:631/printers/<slugprintername>(approve sites) since trying previously with samba on a similar box was much slower.
For further instructions on using CUPS and Ghostscript as a print server see http://www.debonaras.org/wiki/HowTo/InkjetPrintingWithGhostscript