Progress Re: Configuring a printer on a server without a GUI

poma pomidorabelisima at
Fri Nov 14 14:51:43 UTC 2014

On 14.11.2014 13:22, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
> On 11/14/2014 01:57 AM, poma wrote:
>> On 13.11.2014 22:04, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>>> On 11/13/2014 10:40 AM, poma wrote:
>>>> On 13.11.2014 19:34, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>>>>> On 11/13/2014 12:44 AM, Tim Waugh wrote:
>>>>>> On Wed, 2014-11-12 at 23:51 -1000, Robert Moskowitz wrote:
>>>>>>> No error_log, only an access_log
>>>>>> Turn on verbose logging:
>>>>>> su -c 'cupsctl --debug-logging'
>>>>> Nope.  Still no error_log.
>>>>> In access_log I see:
>>>>> localhost - - [13/Nov/2014:13:23:49 -0500] "POST /printers/HP-TR-8610
>>>>> HTTP/1.1" 200 307 Create-Job successful-ok
>>>>> localhost - - [13/Nov/2014:13:23:49 -0500] "POST /printers/HP-TR-8610
>>>>> HTTP/1.1" 200 16074 Send-Document successful-ok
>>>>> while when I look at the printer queue via the cups web interface I am
>>>>> told that the State is:
>>>>> Stopped "Filter failed"
>>>>> I only have a bit more time here for testing, flying home tonight and
>>>>> can then test on my home test network (where I have an HP 8600, pretty
>>>>> much the same driver).
>>>> We do not know whether the device is defective or not in the first place, therefore.
>>> You mean the printer?  It is the printer here at IETF terminal room.  I
>>> have no problem printing to it with enscript from my F20 notebook via cups.
>>> If you mean the server I am trying to print from?  Well that is in part
>>> the question.  Am I missing something that did not get installed with
>>> cups and hplip, or is there a bug for me to run down, as the server is
>>> running f21 beta.
>>> I can't yet take this to f21 bugs, as I just don't know where to
>>> troubleshoot it to get the information to put into a bug report other
>>> than printing is failing with 'Filter failed'.
>>> Remember that I said system-config-printer remote was able to print the
>>> test page through the server to the printer.  It is when I use enscript
>>> via command line on the server that I get the failure.
>>> I use enscript to print text file documents (e.g. IETF RFCs) in a nice
>>> way, so I am familar with it.  If there is something simpler for me to
>>> test with, I am all for that.
>> If you do not know what you're missing, rather go with a full set of tools. *After* you identify all the necessary elements, you can install the same in the minimal environment.
> Not really an option.  The hardware is an Allwinner armv7 board. Right 
> now, the uboot does not support video, so you can only install the 
> minimal build via the serial console.  The uboot schedule will not 'fix' 
> this until F22.  I am perfectly happy with server only for now, but the 
> only server builds at this point is minimal.  Thus having to stumble 
> around figuring out what is needed.  And for all I know, nothing is 
> missing and I have hit a bug.  How do I know?
> Looks like Tim is giving me some troubleshooting advise.
> Lots of fun.

I was aiming for more systematic approach.
This way not only you'll do it but along the way you'll learn necessary actions for the future reference, rather than jump here over the thread.
Configuration required shall be demonstrated on your PC, of course you can experiment in a virtual machine, and then deploy it in a hard core.

But you already know all this.
Good look.

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