Configuring CUPS printers can be a bit of a pain, due to
differences in URIs and drivers depending on the printers make and
model. Many distributions have administrative GUIs that make printer
management easier, and you can usually interact with CUPS through your
http://localhost:631/admin, but I prefer using the
command line to get a better feel for the underlying system.
CUPS has excellent documentation. I found the sections on command line and printing options and configuring network printers particularly informative. Combined with some additional browsing and trial and error, here is the procedure to add a new default network printer, in this case an HP LaserJet 4240 at 22.214.171.124 with lpadmin.
The basic template for adding and enabling a new printer is
lpadmin -p printer-name -v device-uri -m model -L location -E
location, just pick something that makes
sense to you.
device-uri will include some extra fluff around your
printer's IP address. Consult the table in the CUPS docs for
ideas or search the net for ideas. For my LaserJet, the URI is
socket://126.96.36.199. You can list all device types that CUPS
knows about with lpinfo:
$ lpinfo -v … network socket …
Finally, you'll need to figure out which
model (driver) to use.
lpinfo leys you search through available drivers by make and model:
$ lpinfo --make-and-model 'LaserJet 4240' -m gutenprint.5.2://hp-lj_4240/expert HP LaserJet 4240 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.5 gutenprint.5.2://hp-lj_4240/simple HP LaserJet 4240 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.5 Simplified foomatic:HP-LaserJet_4240-Postscript.ppd HP LaserJet 4240 Foomatic/Postscript drv:///hpijs.drv/hp-laserjet_4240-hpijs-pcl3.ppd HP LaserJet 4240 hpijs pcl3, 3.10.2 lsb/usr/hplip/HP/hp-laserjet_4240-ps.ppd HP LaserJet 4240 Postscript (recommended)
Choices, choices… I've heard good things about Gutenprint, so we'll use that. Not that I ask a lot of a print driver, so perhaps it would be better to use the recommended ppd file. Just pick something. If it doesn't work, you can reconfigure with a better driver later.
lpinfo call failed with
To fix this, I had to emerge
Putting it all together, add and enable the new printer:
# lpadmin -E -p afmlab -v socket://188.8.131.52 -m gutenprint.5.2://hp-lj_4240/expert -L "LaserJet 4240, Disque 927" -E
Note the two
-E options. The first one (before
encryption when connecting to the server. The last one enables the
destination and starts accepting jobs.
You'll probably also want to make the new printer the default:
# lpadmin -d afmlab
The CUPS daemon will eventually (i.e. after a few seconds) flush these
configuration changes into
/etc/cups/printers.conf if you prefer
editing text files to the command line or GUI tools ;).
If you want to add a printer to your local CUPS server that is already configured from another CUPS server (e.g. printing from your laptop (local CUPS) to a USB printer plugged into your desktop (another CUPS)), you can just drop the model info:
# lpadmin -E -p afmlab -v http://my-desktop:631/printers/afmlab -L "LaserJet 4240, Disque 927" -E
my-desktop should be the domain name or IP address of the
remote CUPS server.