[Printing-architecture] Ubuntu Natty the first distribution which does automatic download of binary printer driver packages

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 14:03:49 PST 2011


for testing the automatic driver download on current Natty, please 
update to the current state of the system, via

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

and then apply the patch attached to my previous mail using the commands:

cd /usr/share/system-config-printer/
sudo patch -p1 < 

Then do tests by running the commands:

cupsctl FileDevice=yes
cd /usr/share/system-config-printer/
python newprinter.py --setup-printer=file:/tmp/printout 
--devid="MFG:Epson;MDL:Stylus NX110;"

Try device IDs of different Epson printers and see whether the 
appropriate driver downloads. Especially test also in environments where 
the internet is only accessible through a proxy.


On 03/01/2011 10:06 PM, Till Kamppeter wrote:
> On 02/25/2011 10:26 PM, Tim Waugh wrote:
>> On Fri, 2011-02-25 at 13:40 +0100, Till Kamppeter wrote:
>>> Tim, is there a new way to test the driver selection and
>>> automatic-download for a given device ID without needing to modify the
>>> code of system-config-printer and without having the appropriate printer
>>> physically? Or do I need to re-develop this feature?
>> Use: python newprinter.py --with-uri URI
>> (requires current git master... I'll do a 1.3.2 release in a week or so)
> Unfortunately, this testing mode does not work. I have fixed it,
> including the possibility to supply device IDs. Patch attached.
> Till

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