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Date:      Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:29:12 +0100
From:      Jerome Herman <>
To:        Polytropon <>
Subject:   Re: Installing Samsung CLX-2160 color laser printer on USB using CUPS
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On 26/02/2012 18:46, Polytropon wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Feb 2012 02:42:08 +0100, Jerome Herman wrote:
>> You did nothing wrong, on the contrary. You now have a prefectly working
>> printer. You just need to tell cups it exists.
>> Since
>>    	# foo2qpdl-wrapper -p 2 -c>   cupstest.xqx
>> 	# cat cupstest.xqx>   /dev/ulpt0
>> works, you should be able to create a new printer using a direct device.
>> So go on as if you wanted to create a network printer, choose
>> HPJetDirect (for example) when asked about the connection. Then when you
>> have to input the uri remove the socket:// and type usb:///dev/ulpt0.
>> (Yes triple / before dev)
>> The you can process as usual for name, options and PPD.
>> If it doesn't work try parallel:///dev/ulpt0
> Interesting approach. Fully "unimaginable" from the CUPS
> "guide to things" (i. e. how normal users _assume_ things
> should be done!), but interesting. I'll try that.
> The option to enter such kind of data ("parallel://" and
> "usb://" isn't mentioned):
> Add Printer
> -----------
> Connection: _________________________________
> 	    Examples:
>                  http://hostname:631/ipp/
>                  http://hostname:631/ipp/port1
>                  ipp://hostname/ipp/
>                  ipp://hostname/ipp/port1
>                  lpd://hostname/queue
>                  socket://hostname
>                  socket://hostname:9100
>              See "Network Printers" for the correct URI to use with your print
>              [ Continue ]
> See? Nothing for parallel or USB to enter manually.
> It's like going to a car salesman, buying a car, but before
> driving home from his yard, quickly exchanging the car you
> bought for the car you initially wanted. :-)
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.

>> Normally one should work.
> Today, I tried to add the printer again. Unlike yesterday,
> it got detected! (Note: System shut down during night.)
> It also accepts print jobs, but they are stuck somewhere.
> 	% lpq -PSamsung_CLX-216x_Series
> 	Samsung_CLX-216x_Series is ready
> 	Rank    Owner   Job     File(s)        Total Size
> 	1st     poly    202     Unbenannt1     7563264 bytes
> This is from an OpenOffice session. The printer doesn't
> print anything. No action.
OK this means the ppd does not handle everything. Might get a little 

>> Basically in cups choosing "network connection" allows you to input any
>> URI  you want, including file and raw (now defunct I think - it was
>> mainly for debug anyway).
> Why haven't the CUPS people thought of a kind of "know what
> you want mode" where you can simply enter what you think is
> correct, no matter if any auto-detection magic did work (or
> not)?
They did, then they got bought by Apple...

>> I never tried this specific printer, but this trick worked well on a few
>> HP and Canon.
>> Tell us how it went.
> I tried both of your suggestions for specifying the connection
> and chose the PPD file for the printer CLX-216xsplc.ppd (size
> 12208 bytes). Jobs get queued, printer "is ready", but no
> action on the printer.
> However, when I issue a command like this:
> 	% foo2qpdl-wrapper -p 2 -c /tmp/>  /dev/ulpt0
> 	pcache: unable to open '/home/poly/.ghostscript/cache/gs_cache'
> 	pcache: unable to open '/home/poly/.ghostscript/cache/gs_cache'
> 	pcache: unable to open '/home/poly/.ghostscript/cache/gs_cache'
> 	pcache: unable to open '/home/poly/.ghostscript/cache/gs_cache'
> The printer works. The result is _very_ dark. But hey, it's
> stupid commodity hardware, and RGB and CMY are "a little bit"
> different, and nothing of the cheap crap is calibrated. :-)
> In the system log, I get those:
> 	ugen1.5:<Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.>  at usbus1
> 	ulpt0:<Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. CLX-216x Series,
> 		class 0/0, rev 2.00/1.00, addr 5>  on usbus1
> 	ulpt0: using bi-directional mode
> 	ulpt0: output error
> 	ulpt0: output error
> 	ulpt0: output error
> 	ulpt0: output error
> Unlike yesterday, the printer now is on ugen1.5. I'll have to play
> with the permissions a bit, maybe that's the reason why nothing
> can be printed, even though the changes I made for device permissions
> should cover all imaginable cases - all devices /dev/usb/* now
> are root:cups with crwxrwx--- permissions
> , the /dev/u(n)lpt0
> devices are also root:cups with crw-rw---- permissions.
> Really, I _need_ to dump CUPS relapse to _standard_ system tools
> that seem to be easily capable of what the web-driven autodetected
> elastic-legged program magic of CUPS can't. :-)

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 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.

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.

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