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CUPS Printing within Raspbian Wheezy

(Starting with 2012-10-28-wheezy-raspbian.img and as performed upon raspired.)

First update and upgrade Wheezy via apt-get:

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pi@raspired ~ $sudo apt-get update

pi@raspired ~ $apt-get update

...

...

pi@raspired ~ $sudo apt-get upgrade

pi@raspired ~ $apt-get upgrade

(This will take a few minutes)

At this point it's probably worth rebooting to ensure all upgrades are in force.

Although all the CUPS packages etc. can be installed via apt-get or aptitude, it's much easier to do so via aptitude's "GUI" equivalent synaptic, hence install that next:

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pi@raspired ~ $sudo apt-get install synaptic

pi@raspired ~ $apt-get install synaptic

Now you should be able to find SynPackMan.png in the preferences menu.

On running this you should see the following prompt:

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Your normal user (pi) password is required. Now use synaptics' Search function to find CUPS associated packages:

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Mark the cups package and accept the additional changes ...

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You may also wish to add the cups-bsd package ...

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Downloading and package installation will take some time, so take a coffee break? ...

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Add printer user(s) (pi) to the lpadmin group ...

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... and reboot for this to take effect ...

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In principle, it should be possible to add or configure printers via the CUPS webtool ...

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but printer (auto-)detection is easier if you also install the system-config-printer utilities ...
so use synaptics' Search function again to find "printer" associated packages, and then install those utilities:

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Printer detection and configuration will require entry of the user (pi) password several times ...

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Finally, open the printer properties dialog to print a test page or adjust printer specific options etc.

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Whilst the above illustrates the configuration of a directly connected (USB/Parallel port) printer, CUPS also supports networked printers as shown below from raspiblue's setup: PrintingLocalHost2f.png


2014-10-15 21:52