Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 133736
Can't start cups, can't config printers
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:50 EST
Description of problem:
The first time I installed my printer, everything worked fine.
Eventually, by magic, it stopped working. Printing anything would
result in "server-error-service-unavailable." Opening the gnome GUI
tool for configuring or managing printers would just freeze. So I went
to a shell and tried restarting cups, and it said: Child exited with
status 99! So I uninstalled and reinstalled cups, and my results are
In between things working and things magically not working, all I did
was the up2date automated update.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
print, or try to restart cups from a shell, or try to use either the
print manager or the printer configuration tool
Steps to Reproduce:
Eventually, error-service unavailable, or "Child exited with status
99!" or a print configurator/manager window with no contents that
doesn't respond or close
Lovely paper with ink selectively arranged thereupon
Thinkpad t20, Epson Stylus 820, new hard drive, no other weird
behavior to report, all pretty normal software (no crazy hacks, no dev
kernel, no shady apps).
Note: Mozilla never sees the printer. Even in cases where the Printer
Configuration GUI finally sees the printer (which I named SP820)
Mozilla only sees default/postscript. I don't know if that's a clue.
And Ximian Evolution just hangs if I tell it to print.
Please alter the LogLevel line in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf to say:
Then restart CUPS with: /sbin/service cups restart
What are the last few lines of /var/log/cups/error_log?
Unfortunately, I ended up having to reinstall cups to solve an
OpenOffice problem-- so the errors are lost. I'll have to try again
and see if it fails (haven't even tried to print from this machine
since the problem happened before I reinstalled).
Same problem here with cups-1.1.22-0.rc1.8
After the above suggestion /var/log/cups/error_log reads
D [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] LoadDevices: Added device
I [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] LoadPPDs: Read "/etc/cups/ppds.dat", 15
I [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] LoadPPDs: No new or changed PPDs...
D [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] LoadAllJobs: Scanning /var/spool/cups...
I [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] Full reload complete.
D [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] StartListening: NumListeners=1
D [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] StartListening: address=7f000001 port=631
E [27/Nov/2004:03:34:09 -0500] StartListening: Unable to bind socket
for address 7f000001:631 - Cannot assign requested address.
Peter -- is this anything to do with what you saw?
I didn't read /var/log/cups/error_log unfortunately. Interestingly enough,
having reinstalled (as noted above) I now have a totally different problem-- I
can config the printer, unless the printer is actually plugged into the laptop,
at which point it disappears from the Printer Configuration Tool. So I do all my
printing by copying a PDF to an SD card and printing from my Mac... :(
BTW if I didn't have to do that, and once I get the gstreamer module installed
on the CD ripping tool, I guess my move from Mac to Linux will be complete.
Please file a separate bug report for that: as you noted, it's a totally