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Date:      Mon, 27 Feb 2012 22:24:32 +0100
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Jerome Herman <>
Subject:   Re: Installing Samsung CLX-2160 color laser printer on USB using CUPS
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On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:29:12 +0100, Jerome Herman wrote:
> Not at all, the web admin for adding a printer is basically an html 
> version of lpadmin. It is just easier with the web site.

Easier as in: It leaves _essential_ options aside so that
you can't perform some of the tasks. :-)

> OK this means the ppd does not handle everything. Might get a little 
> complicated.

When I use the foo2qpdl-wrapper which I assume does use
the same PPD file, it works as intended.

> They did, then they got bought by Apple...

I should make myself more familiar with the command line
tool. Still I hope I won't need CUPS anytime soon. :-)

> No, please don't blame CUPS, it is earnestly trying to cope with 
> everything thrown at him (stupid printers, gnome DBus autoconfig, Apple 
> Mac OSX and so on), and it is doing a fairly good job at it.

I know that printing currently isn't as easy as I (with
my simple mind) assume. I've been using CUPS in the _past_
without major trouble, and even "impossible" things (like
using parallel dotmatrix printers) were easily configurable
even through the web interface. Seems that some parts got
disimproved to please a certain audience...

> I for one 
> do not want to go back to the time where one had to learn 2 lines long 
> LPD command just to print in color, double side, with an ICM profile.

I have several printers for varying _how_ to print. However,
I like the idea of selecting duplex / no duplex in the
printing dialog (which I currently do by selecting a different
"virtual" printer: Laserjet = b/w two-sided, Laserjet-nodup =
b/w single-sided, Samsung = color single-sided).

> Getting back to your problem. Apparently you are using an old version of 
> foo2qpdl, you may want to grab it from the web site directly and compile 
> it by hand (One of the very rare case where using the default 
> package/port is not a good idea at all)
> You can find the howto here :
> You will need to download and link the ICM profile to have acceptable 
> print quality.  The latest PPD is 24 874 bytes in size.

I will try that. I have installed the packages


where foo2qpdl and foo2qpdl-wrapper come from.

I'm happy that I now have the "fallback method" of stopping
CUPS, starting lpd, and using -PSamsung in order to use the
color printer (not often required, it's my _first_ one, I've
never needed one, really).

Using a Linksys Wireless-G WPS54GU2 print server (WLAN, LAN,
USB, parallel) - following Jerry's suggestion - I'll try tp
get rid of the USB cable at the next step. Wireless printing
isn't urgently needed (as I'm happily wired here), but real
networking is much better than this local fiddling with USB
(so I can print to the color printer from all of my systems
when it's _real_ networked, just as the HP Laserjet 4000d
which even runs its own lpd "server").

Magdeburg, Germany
Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...

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