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    Default CUPS will not start

    Getting down to the minutia of printing....

    I have an HP color laserjet CM1312nfi. I would like to print to it through CUPS, just cuz. (I am open to other suggestions) It is network connected, networking is up (hey, even wireless is easy, nice).

    Here is the error I get when I do:

    root@bt:~# /etc/init.d/cups start
    Starting Common Unix Printing System: cupsdcupsd: Child exited with status 1!

    I am using a Dell Latitude D830 with an install on the hdd. Oddly, CUPS will start on this system when I run in Live mode.

    Suggestions, thoughts, rants? Do I need to supply more info?

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    Default Re: CUPS will not start

    Start with this guide from ubuntu.
    Also check your logs at /var/log/cups for more info on the problem.

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    OK, figured it out. Well... maybe not figured it out, but Cups runs and that is all I need.

    Thanks to Archangel for the lead to the logs, well duh! I should have checked it out. Anyway ...

    Here is the error from /var/log/cups

    E [18/Jan/2010:17:02:08 -0500] "/etc/cups/ssl/server.crt" is a bad symlink - No
    such file or directory

    Bad symlink. looking at this, it turns out...

    /etc/cups/ssl/server.crt -> /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem

    /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem did not exist. Hmm, am I going to have to gen a cert? But it says "snakeoil". Hmmmm.

    touch /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem

    Go figure. Cups now runs. Thanks again.

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    Default Re: CUPS will not start


    this should fix the issue:

    cp /etc/cups/cupsd.conf.default /etc/cups/cupsd.conf
    /etc/init.d/cups start

    If you still have issues with ssl certs:

    apt-get install --reinstall ssl-cert
    On a laptop and if you travel, it's a good thing not having cupsd running the whole time in
    background - therefore (remember this basic security baseline for any listening network services!)

    update-rc.d -f cups remove
    Last edited by brtw2003; 01-24-2010 at 02:07 PM.

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    Default Re: CUPS will not start

    You rock

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