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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 8:44 am    Post subject: Printing without foomatic?! Reply with quote

Hi,

Just curious as to why the footmatic and ppd step is needed in the configuration of a printer (as it says in the gentoo user docs for printing)? When you go into the web interface for cups you can just select the driver you need from there. Why the extra steps, does it have some compatability bonuses or something?

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You only need foomatic if your printer does not already have CUPS support.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2003 11:48 pm    Post subject: Support? Reply with quote

When you say CUPS support is this in the form of a driver provided by something i.e. gimp-print or hpijs??
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2003 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not an expert, but my understanding is that if CUPS doesn't list your printer in the list of available printers when you are setting up your printer, you may use foomatic to create the necessary PPD file so that you can use your printer - albeit with one of the existing drivers. Alternatively, you can just obtain the PPD file directly from linuxprinting.org. So I really wouldn't bother with foomatic.

Don't be confused by gimp-print. There is a package called 'gimp-print', but it it not used by CUPS. There is another package called 'gimp-print-cups' that is. This provides alternative high-quality drivers for certain printers, most notably Epson printers.

Before I confuse you any further, you'd better read the n00b's guide to set up printing with CUPS.
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