Jim Durham wrote:

I was just trying to install a parallel printer on my 5.1-RELEASE system to use with CUPS.

The Printer is an HP-5L plugged into the parallel port.

lpinfo -v show no parallel port device. ppc0 *does* show up in dmesg and there is /dev/lpt0 in the devfs. Also, there is no parallel port choice in the cups config screen.

On my 4.9-RELEASE server, with an HP-6L plugged into the parallel port, lpinfo -v shows "direct parallel /dev/lpt0" . Cups works fine.there.

I also looked on my laptop, running 5.1-RELEASE and the same thing is true, lpinfo -v shows no parallel port.

Looking in dmesg on the 4.9 system, the printer is identified by name but not on the 5.1 system.

Another curiosity....I have /etc/devfs.conf set up to do rules for /dev/acd0 and /dev/pass0 to chmod them to 666. I also set this up for /dev/lpt0 and it does not work, the port remains 600. Maybe this is a clue?

I Googled for this for quite some time and, although I saw others with the same problem, there were no answers and I can't find a bug report.

Any ideas?



I don't know if this helps but I had the same problem with an Epson Inkjet with 5.1. Neither Cups/Freebsd would talk to the parallel port because the Epson was low on ink (!) If it wasn't even plugged in then no port was seen. As soon as I put in a fresh cartridge, it was detected and installed.

I know it's likely to be different with a HP-5L, but it might be a pointer?


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