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I've installed mandriva 2007 on several machines in our office, and am trying to get printing setup with our networked Brother HL1870n b/w laser printer. I went to brother's website and downloaded and installed their linux drivers (rpm -ivh --no-deps brhl18_2-1.0.0-0-noarch.rpm), then went to localhost:631 and installed the printer, and succesfully printed a test page. Unfortunantly I seem to be unable to print fromn any other applications, on any of the machines.


If. for example, I try to print a document from within kedit (File >> Print..), the print window opens, then another dialoge opens that states "Initializing printiong system..." then an error window appears that states "An error occured while retrieveing the printer list: Connection to CUPS server failed. Check that the CUPS server is correctly installed and running. Error: the ipp request failed for an unknown reason." I get the same error dialoges no mater what application I try to print from. I am able to ping the printer by IP address, from the linux boxes.


I searched the forums here and came across the following thread:




rpm -qa | grep cups returns:




chkconfig --list cups returns:


cups			0:off   1:off   2:off   3:off   4:off   5:off   6:off


service cups status returns:


cupsd is stopped


and netstat -tan returns no mention of anything on 631.


If I go to MCC >> System >> Services, cups is listed as stopped, with "on boot" unchecked. I can start cups from there, or with:


service cups start


chkconfig --list cups then returns:


cups			0:off   1:off   2:on	3:on	4:on	5:on	6:off


and netstat -tan returns:


tcp		0	  0 :::631					  :::*						LISTEN


But, I am still getting the same errors and lack of printing when I try to print. Also when I reboot, CUPSD is no longer running.


I've uninstalled and reinstalled both cups and the brother drivers, but

the problem persists on all machines. Any ideas?



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Have you applied updates to the system? I saw this on someone who hadn't applied updates and had problems with cups. As soon as they applied the updates, it worked perfectly fine.

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I also had loads of trouble with cups 1.2.X, under almost any distro I've tried. Luckily enough it works now.

Please pass any useful error messages you can find in /var/log/cups folder, and also copypaste here the content of your /etc/hosts file.

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