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Brother printer PPD and CUPS issue
As you may know Slackware for some reason does not include Brother print drivers. I have a HL2070n and I'd like to set it up using the PPD file approach as opposed to installing the rpm driver that Brother also provides (which I expect does work since I've done that with Suse). According to what I've read at linuxprintingdotorg this seems to be a standard approach to providing drivers via CUPS.
Per linuxprintingdotorg I did the following:
I found the HL2070n driver on the Brother Cd (which by the way is a hidden file buried down several levels in a winnt directory - like a needle in a hay stack!).
I copied to /usr/share/cups/model.
I had to chmod to get it readable and unhidden.
I ran killall -HUP cupsd
There were no errors reported.
From what I read that should be all that's needed to register it in CUPS, but it does not show up in CUPS. I have other printers running via CUPS and like I already mentioned I've run this printer via CUPS on Suse (but not using a PPD file) so I wonder if this is a Slackware issue or perhaps I don't understand PPD usage.
Any thoughts on this?
Turns out that the VENDOR supplied PPD does not work. Linuxprinting.org had a link to modified PPD's and though no specfic PPD for the HL2070N, the 2060 PPD did register and is working fine (on a lan by the way). From what I saw at their link it appears that quite a number of printer PPD's supplied by the vendors have to be modified before they'll work.