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Post Yet Another problematic (old) hp printer install
Okay, I am running 8.0.15 on this machine -- install changed OS over from PCLOS 2007 to this, /home was preserved. MEPIS 8.5 had trouble with the floppy drive that needs to still be usable, so I had to fall back to 8.0. Have CUPS 1.3.8-1+lenny9, which is the most current available from default repos. MEPIS 11 is not an option because this machine has a CD drive only, and that's a DVD install.

The printer is an HP Deskjet 722c, connected via parallel port. This is the only connection this (very old but still servicable) printer has. CUPS identifies it correctly, but when installed by autodiscovered name, the printer doesn't work. Said printer worked just fine on a WinXP system, so its not at fault. The CUPS manager page shows the error as "/usr/lib/cups/filter/foomatic-rip failed"

Trying to use hplip instead gets me nowhere, lacking directions to do it right. hplip-gui is installed, but cannot find the printer because the printer is not installed using the hp:/ backend. hpsetup cannot find the device, even though it is powered up and connected correctly (witness cups able to ID the printer correctly). BUT, trying to install hplip as the driver via cups doesn't work, because unlike with the install-by-autodiscovered-name selected the first time, the next page of the cups wizard does NOT autofill, so I have NO idea what to put as the device URI. At a guess, I tried "hp:/dev/lp0", following the pattern of the previous attempt's "parallel:/dev/lp0". This fails also, CUPS showing the line "/usr/lib/cups/backend/hp failed"

What do I try next?


Sun Oct 30, 2011 6:52 pm
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Post Re: Yet Another problematic (old) hp printer install
Hunting around in related threads, preemptively providing further info:
output of "dmesg | grep -i parport0"

Code:
parport0: PC-style at 0x378, irq 7 [PCSPP,EPP]
parport0: Printer, HEWLETT-PACKARD DESKJET 720C
lp0: using parport0 (interrupt-driven).


output of "hp-check -t"

The question I have, noting all of the required dependencied the appear to have not been found, is how on Earth did I successfully install hplip via Synaptic (which takes care of dependencies, supposedly!) and still have all these missing?

edit: hp-check is WRONG, dbus, gcc, libssl, libjpeg and many others ARE installed!

Code:
---------------
| SYSTEM INFO |
---------------

Basic system information:
Linux faranda1 2.6.27-1-mepis-smp #1 SMP PREEMPT Fri Jan 8 13:33:17 EST 2010 i68
6 GNU/Linux

Distribution:
mepis 8.0

HPOJ running?
No, HPOJ is not running (OK).

Checking Python version...
OK, version 2.5.2 installed

Checking PyQt version...
OK, version 3.17 installed.

Checking SIP version...
error: SIP not installed or version not found.

Checking for CUPS...
Status: scheduler is running
error: Version: (Not available. CUPS may not be installed or not running.)

Checking for dbus/python-dbus...
dbus daemon is running.
python-dbus version: 0.82.4


------------------------------------
| COMPILE AND RUNTIME DEPENDENCIES |
------------------------------------

note: To check for compile-time only dependencies, re-run hp-check with the -c p
arameter (ie, hp-check -c).
note: To check for run-time only dependencies, re-run hp-check with the -r param
eter (ie, hp-check -r).

Checking for dependency: cups - Common Unix Printing System...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: cups-ddk - CUPS driver development kit...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: cups-devel- Common Unix Printing System development fil
es...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED/COMPILE TIME ONLY dependency. Please make s
ure that this dependency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: dbus - Message bus system...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED dependency. Please make sure that this depe
ndency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: gcc - GNU Project C and C++ Compiler...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED/COMPILE TIME ONLY dependency. Please make s
ure that this dependency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: GhostScript - PostScript and PDF language interpreter a
nd previewer...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: libcrypto - OpenSSL cryptographic library...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED dependency. Please make sure that this depe
ndency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: libjpeg - JPEG library...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED dependency. Please make sure that this depe
ndency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: libnetsnmp-devel - SNMP networking library development
files...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED dependency. Please make sure that this depe
ndency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: libpthread - POSIX threads library...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: libtool - Library building support services...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED/COMPILE TIME ONLY dependency. Please make s
ure that this dependency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: libusb - USB library...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED dependency. Please make sure that this depe
ndency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: make - GNU make utility to maintain groups of programs.
..
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: PIL - Python Imaging Library (required for commandline
scanning with hp-scan)...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: ppdev - Parallel port support kernel module....
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: PyQt - Qt interface for Python...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: python-ctypes - A foreign function library for Python..
.
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: python-dbus - Python bindings for dbus...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: python-devel - Python development files...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED/COMPILE TIME ONLY dependency. Please make s
ure that this dependency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: Python 2.3 or greater - Required for fax functionality.
..
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: Python 2.2 or greater - Python programming language...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: Reportlab - PDF library for Python...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: SANE - Scanning library...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: SANE - Scanning library development files...
error: NOT FOUND! This is a REQUIRED/COMPILE TIME ONLY dependency. Please make s
ure that this dependency is installed before installing or running HPLIP.

Checking for dependency: scanimage - Shell scanning program...
OK, found.

Checking for dependency: xsane - Graphical scanner frontend for SANE...
warning: NOT FOUND! This is an OPTIONAL/RUNTIME ONLY dependency. Some HPLIP func
tionality may not function properly.


----------------------
| HPLIP INSTALLATION |
----------------------


Currently installed HPLIP version...
HPLIP 2.8.6b currently installed in '/usr/share/hplip'.

Current contents of '/etc/hp/hplip.conf' file:
# hplip.conf.  Generated from hplip.conf.in by configure.

[hplip]
version=2.8.6b

[dirs]
home=/usr/share/hplip
run=/var/run
ppd=/usr/share/ppd/hpijs/HP
ppdbase=/usr/share/ppd/hpijs
doc=/usr/share/doc/hplip-doc/HTML
icon=no
cupsbackend=/usr/lib/cups/backend
cupsfilter=/usr/lib/cups/filter
drv=/usr/share/cups/drv

# Following values are determined at configure time and cannot be changed.
[configure]
network-build=yes
pp-build=yes
gui-build=yes
scanner-build=yes
fax-build=yes
dbus-build=yes
cups11-build=no
doc-build=yes
shadow-build=no
foomatic-drv-install=yes
foomatic-ppd-install=no
foomatic-rip-hplip-install=no
internal-tag=2.8.6.20b


-------------------------------
| DISCOVERED PARALLEL DEVICES |
-------------------------------

No devices found.

--------------------------
| DISCOVERED USB DEVICES |
--------------------------

No devices found.

---------------------------------
| INSTALLED CUPS PRINTER QUEUES |
---------------------------------


the_printer
-----------
Type: Unknown
Installed in HPLIP?: No, not using the hp: or hpfax: CUPS backend.
Device URI: parallel:/dev/lp0
PPD: /etc/cups/ppd/the_printer.ppd
PPD Description: HP DeskJet 722C Foomatic/pnm2ppa (recommended)
Printer status: printer the_printer is idle.  enabled since Sun 30 Oct 2011 06:0
7:53 PM /usr/lib/cups/filter/foomatic-rip failed
warning: Printer is not HPLIP installed. Printers must use the hp: or hpfax: CUP
S backend to function in HPLIP.

----------------------
| SANE CONFIGURATION |
----------------------

'hpaio' in '/etc/sane.d/dll.conf'...
error: Not found. SANE backend 'hpaio' NOT properly setup (needs to be added to
/etc/sane.d/dll.conf).

Checking output of 'scanimage -L'...

No scanners were identified. If you were expecting something different,
check that the scanner is plugged in, turned on and detected by the
sane-find-scanner tool (if appropriate). Please read the documentation
which came with this software (README, FAQ, manpages).


---------------------
| PYTHON EXTENSIONS |
---------------------

Checking 'cupsext' CUPS extension...
OK, found.

Checking 'pcardext' Photocard extension...
OK, found.

Checking 'hpmudext' I/O extension...
OK, found.

Checking 'scanext' SANE scanning extension...
OK, found.


-----------------
| USB I/O SETUP |
-----------------


Checking for permissions of USB attached printers...

-----------
| SUMMARY |
-----------

error: 15 errors and/or warnings.


Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:15 pm
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