--On Monday, April 20, 2009 12:36:03 -0500 Keith Seyffarth <w...@weif.net> wrote:

A laudable ambition!

OK, honestly, am I working under a valid assumption that it *is*
possible to print from FreeBSD? Or is this just going to engender
greater frustration?

I can print from my FreeBSD box using CUPS. Whether you can from yours I can't say.

> cups-base-1.3.9_3   Common UNIX Printing System
> cups-pdf-2.5.0      A virtual printer for CUPS to produce PDF files
> cups-pstoraster-8.15.4_2 Postscript interpreter for CUPS printing to
> non-PS printers gutenprint-cups-5.1.7_3 GutenPrint Printer Driver
> libgnomecups-0.2.3_1,1 Support library for gnome cups admistration
> hplip-2.8.2_4       Drivers and utilities for HP Printers and All-in-One
> device

This is what I have:

pa...@utd65257# pkg_info -a | grep cups | sort -u
Information for cups-base-1.3.9_3:
Information for cups-pstoraster-8.15.4_2:
WWW: http://www.cups.org/
WWW: http://www.cups.org/ghostscript.html
that use these filters. This software is available in the cups-pstoraster

OK. I created and edited this file. At least now on attaching the
printer, the permissions are other than root:operator.

I never had to do this to get printing working, and my devfs.conf file is a sample file with no lines uncommented. Printing works fine. (Note that I am not printing to a local printer.)

That doesn't change the behavior. It still fails to print, and seems
to error on a missing dll.

This makes no sense at all. DLLs are a Windows version of a library. FreeBSD doesn't use them. Are you by any chance trying to print through Wine?

> And, actually, a third printing-related issue: How do I get cupsd to
> start on startup? I have these two lines in /etc/rc.conf:\
> cupsd_enable="YES" # enable cups printing management

That should be enough to get it running.

it doesn't. :(

Do you have the startup script:
/usr/local/etc/rc.d/cupsd ?

If so, what is the output of /usr/local/etc/rc.d/cupsd status?

You should have the following files and folders:

classes.conf        interfaces/         mime.types.N        pstoraster.convs
cupsd.conf          mime.convs          ppd/                snmp.conf
cupsd.conf.N        mime.convs.N        printers.conf       snmp.conf.N
cupsd.conf.default  mime.types          printers.conf.O     ssl/

What's the output of this command?
# grep -v "#" /usr/local/etc/cups/cupsd.conf

What's the output of this command?
# cat /usr/local/etc/cups/printer.conf

Have you read the CUPS documentation?

Paul Schmehl, Senior Infosec Analyst
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