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Overhauled CUPS: Improved Unix Printing - page 3

Web Interface

  • July 20, 2006
  • By Carla Schroder

Most distributions don't mess with CUPS and provide a stock installation. A notable exception is Ubuntu. Ubuntu foils some of this new CUPS goodness in two ways:

  • Disables the CUPS Web interface without providing an adequate replacement
  • Uses include files in cupsd.conf, which borks some of the Web GUI functions when you do get it working

Fortunately you'll find instructions for re-enabling the CUPS Web interface right on the front page at http://localhost:631, which I recommend if you want to do more than run a single attached un-shared printer.

Using include files seems unnecessary. These are files that go in /etc/cups/cups.d, and are called from cupsd.conf like this:

Include /etc/cups/cups.d/ports.conf
Include /etc/cups/cups.d/browse.conf

There are a total of three lines in the two files, which can easily go in cupsd.conf. The Ubuntu-ized cupsd.conf is nicely slimmed down, so they won't get lost. Then you can edit cupsd.conf from the Web interface and not have to bother with text files at all.

The good news is Dapper includes the Gutenprint drivers, which is nice plus.

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