Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 145292
Kernel 2.6.10-1.741 breaks printer detection and setup ?
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:15:47 EST
Description of problem: Kudzu can't find printers with 2.6.10-1.741
and print-gui won't properly set up a printer either.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
printconf-gui: I can't find a version with rpm or with --help or with
About on the application.
rpm -q kudzu
Tried to detect the printer about 10x; tried to install the driver
half a dozen times.
Steps to Reproduce:
Situation A: kudzu doesn't detect
1.Setup FC3 workstation with indicated components.
2.Connect printer and run kudzu from command line or reboot. (I'm
using an Optra S 1855 printer.)
3.Printer will not be detected by kudzu. printerconf-gui will not
find a printer attached to the parallel port. At this point there is
no way to make a printer work using kudzu and printerconf-gui.
Situation B: printerconf-gui doesn't select the right driver
1) Reboot with 2.6.9-1.681
2) Kudzu will detect a printer
3) Run printerconf-gui
The following message will appear:
No match for parallel port device:
mfr "Lexmark International"
model "Lexmark Optra S 1855"
desc "Lexmark Optra S 1855"
cmdset "PCL 6 Emulation, PostScript Level 2 Emulation, NPAP, PJL"
Please report this message in Bugzilla:
Choose 'foomatic' as the component.
4) Manually select the following printer drivers in printerconf-gui,
restarting each time:
- optra S 1855
- optra S 1250
- Generic Postscript
Printing doesn't work with any of these.
Here is an interesting twist:
I have a laptop that printed with this very printer using a
2.6.9-1.681 kernel without any problems. It continued to print with
that kernel. It also printed with a 2.6.10-1.737 kernel. It seems
that only the detection of the printer and the installation of the
driver is messed up with the 2.6.10-1.x kernels and that printing
itself works OK.
I wasted several hours of my time today trying to get printing
working. I am very frustrated that this problem made it into a
general release FC3 kernel.
I appear to be having this problem or something very similar with
Fedora Core 2. It began when upgrading to kernel-2.6.10-1.9_FC2 with
cups-1.1.20-11.10. With kernel-2.6.8-1.521, my NEC Superscript 860
(parallel port) is detected fine and cups proceeds normally to load at
startup regardless whether the printer is actually on or not. With
2.6.10, cups appears to hang indefinitely at boot regardless if the
printer is on or off.
I've still got this problem with kernel 2.6.10-1.760. For a number
of reasons, I think this is a kudzu problem, not a kernel problem.
I have upgraded to kernel-2.6.10-1.14_FC2 and
cups-1.1.20-11.11/cups-libs-1.1.20-11.11. When booting
kernel-2.6.8-1.521, cups starts just fine. When booting
kernel-2.6.10-1.14_FC2, cups hangs indefinitely.
This is kind of fixed in FC4. Kudzu doesn't find the printer (or at least
doesn't report it as new hardware found) and printer config-gui doesn't show
the printer to be a Lexmark, but if one selects the lpr0 and sets the printer
driver to Lexmark Optra S, it works.
For the problem I was reporting, I found that it is a duplicate of
As of kudzu-1.1.104-1, kudzu no longer configures printers (at the request of
the maintainers of the printer config tools.) Hence, closing.