Bug 127245 - /etc/printcap.local is ignored
Summary: /etc/printcap.local is ignored
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: redhat-config-printer (Show other bugs)
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Version: 1
Hardware: i686 Linux
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Assignee: Tim Waugh
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Reported: 2004-07-05 06:26 UTC by Philip Hirschhorn
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:10 UTC (History)
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Fixed In Version: 0.6.102-1
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Last Closed: 2004-07-05 10:14:48 UTC
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Description Philip Hirschhorn 2004-07-05 06:26:11 UTC
Description of problem:
/etc/printcap.local is supposed to be included into /etc/printcap, but
it isn't.  This is true both with the distributed version of
/etc/printcap.local (which consists only of comments) and also after I
added a printer description to it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
Every time you start up cups.

Steps to Reproduce:
1.  Kill cups.
2.  Start cups.
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Expected results:

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Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2004-07-05 09:19:21 UTC
The print spooler is no longer driven by /etc/printcap -- it is there
for informational purposes, to be used by legacy applications that
might read it.  CUPS writes /etc/printcap based on its own configuration.

Comment 2 Miloslav Trmac 2004-07-05 09:58:48 UTC
Wouldn't it make sense not to ship the file at all, then?

Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2004-07-05 10:07:31 UTC
Oops.  Thought it was something you'd created, sorry.

Comment 4 Tim Waugh 2004-07-05 10:14:48 UTC
Fixed in system-config-printer-0.6.102-1.

Comment 5 Philip Hirschhorn 2004-07-05 23:44:47 UTC

Any chance there'll be a fix I can install in Fedora Core 1?

Comment 6 Tim Waugh 2004-07-06 08:30:14 UTC
No, it's not a big enough change to warrant that -- you can get the
same effect by 'rm /etc/printcap.local'.

Comment 7 Philip Hirschhorn 2004-07-06 17:05:38 UTC
I think you're misunderstanding the function of /etc/printcap.local: I
have (or at least had, using RedHat 7.3 and many earlier versions) a
hand-edited print filter, and I wanted to create a print queue that
used that filter instead of the ones offered by cups.  I put the
following into /etc/printcap.local:


(where /usr/local/bin/ljet4-filter was a hand-edited version of the
filter produced by the (now allegedly obsolete) magicfilter version
1.2).  After I created the appropriate spool directory, I could then
use this to print.  (In fact, I then had the default print queue
forward print jobs on to this queue, so this was effectively the default.)

This isn't vital, since I have other (slightly less convenient) ways
of accomplishing most of what I want to do, but /etc/printcap.local
*does* allow you to do things that I at least haven't figured out how
to do using cups directly.

Comment 8 Tim Waugh 2004-07-06 22:04:51 UTC
See comment #1 -- this is no longer possible, and hasn't been since
the switch to CUPS.  You must configure CUPS directly.

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