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cups (Common Unix Printing System): One of several ways to set up a printer in Linux. Others include lpd, and .

Cups will allow you to print to a printer on another computer (Windows or Linux) over a network. I had trouble setting it up for a while (to print to a Canon BJC-3000 connected to a Windows computer), and thought maybe it required Samba (because it worked when I did an installation which included Samba), but apparently (based on comments from others) that was just a coincidence. (The other thing I did, IIRC, was specify the workgroup. Just to remind myself, the printer often worked when tested during the install, but did not work after the install.)



  • http://localhost:631 is the address to get the web based interface to Cups. Looks reasonably nice -- had to login as root to do at least the administrative tasks.

  • See http://localhost:631/printers and notice that (on my home system) the URI is "Device URI: smb://Home/Office6/CAN3000" which strengthens my suspicion that cups somehow depends on Samba. May need to check with others who may be using something other than Samba to see what their URIs are.



  • RandyKramer - 09 Feb 2002
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