Lately, running hp-info with HPLIP built with the qt5 USE flag via a user terminal will eventually auto detect the version conflict of the binary part of the installed driver and ask the user to automatically upgrade, including issuing a prompt for the root password via a Qt widget prompt. We can also discard hpijs-rss as an older, albeit patched, version of hpijs than the one we have installed, and hpdj as an older version of the pcl3 driver. Parallel port printer support. Lucky for us, “cdj” is listed, so we can use this PPD. Native CUPS printer filters do not use any of the traditional ghostscript devices; they only use the special “cups” ghostscript device.

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However, very few driver distributions provide native CUPS filters, and the foomatic-rip trick comes in handy in many cases. If nothing works, try disabling Hpins. This means you do not need to recompile ghostscript every time a new printer model comes out; you just update the external filter program.

See Launchpad bug which was opened in and Freedesktop.

Package: printer-driver-hpijs (3.16.3+repack0-1)

Although this is deprecated some printers may still need it to work properly. I had to change some of the driver settings this is done through the “Configure Printer” option on the printers page in the Hpijd web interface before I was able to successfully print a test page.


The foomatic-rip filter does not use the “cups” ghostscript device. I was not pleased with the result of the test page: If the module should be permanently disabled, it can be blacklisted to prevent automatic loading at boot time.

This meant you had to recompile ghostscript for every new printer driver. This also makes testing the usb USE flag easier as one can simply switch between the two methods by either disabling the USE flag and loading the kernel module, or enabling the USE flag and unloading the kernel module via modprobe. See the binary plugins section for more prinetr.

Network-connected devices do not require special kernel drivers but basic kernel network support. Other Foomatic PPDs need to be downloaded from the www. One of these external hpjis filters is “hpijs”. Some printers may still require static PPD files.

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However, hp-setup tries to automatically install the plugin. It also includes scanner and fax support as well as service tools for various multi-purpose peripherals.

Even though the graphical interface might state Level 3, the graphic interface is wrong and instead the code is hacked to print at Level 2. Check the CUPS printer administration interface and make sure the printer is not primter a paused state. The printer likely cannot handle Postscript Level 3 output. This plugin must be installed in addition to the drivers.

If preferred this driver can be enabled as module which will be called usblp. After completing hp-setup it should allow for printing a test page. The optional foomatic-filters package includes the foomatic-rip filter script from the www.


Package: printer-driver-hpijs (3.14.6-1+deb8u1)

Parallel port printer support. Note Sometimes using Infinality can create some unknown issues. Retrieved from ” https: More current and relevant areas to check for resolving this specific problem: The default install enables dynamically generated PPD files at runtime.

This is further documented at Launchpad bug Note Make sure to set the correct USE flags before installing hplip. There are some devices which require a binary plugin to use all functions the device provides. Note All users who need to manage printers – whether using prijter web interface or hp-setup – have to be a member of the lpadmin group.

If you installed the gimp-print-cups package, chances are that your printer is supported by it. Some background information about foomatic-rip, its use of traditional ghostscript devices, and how these differ from the special “cups” ghostscript device, can be found on this page. Foomatic PPDs for the hpijs ghostscript filter are provided by the hpijs-ppds package and will already be installed and available for selection in the CUPS web interface if you installed that package.