I am lost in the Linux printer driver labyrinth!

Hi all,

Let’s see if I will manage to make the problem understandable:

Ubuntu Studio 17.10.
Printer: 6-color Epson XP-960 ink jet.
Driver: Epson’s ESC/P-R 1.6.19.

Gutenprint does not offer a suitable driver.
Gimp 2.9.9 → Print does not work: “Job canceled as printer”.

CUPS add printer/print test page: works just fine.
darktable (yesterday’s git version)/print: works beautifully.

So, why on earth is The Gimp behaving in this way?
What might I have overlooked?

Claes in Lund, Sweden

which version of gimp? IMHO, gimp’s print dialog need improvement. :smile:

Ooops, sorry. Versions added above.

If you have a ppd file for your printer, might be possible to use gutenprint.

This using Kubuntu 16.04 and Gimp 2.9.9 (from ppa) No entry for my Brother printer, so setup as:

screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/wfeyish.jpg

The only ‘issue’ I had was the ppd file permissions, had to change those to read/write for everyone, otherwise Gimp sends error messages.

Thank you.
I will keep experimenting!


I’d be happy to extract the PPD file for your from the Mac DMG

Good morning!

Thank you very much – but hopefully your kind offer will not be necessary
since it seems as if I have managed to circumvent the problem (after having
spent a ream of paper sheets and six oceans of ink drops).

It turned out that my problem was due to (at least) two oddities:

  1. Every time I (re)started CUPS, it automagically changed the driver from what I had picked
    to a driverless version (!).
  2. The printer was set for WiFi/Network printing.

I turned off WiFi/Network printing and connected the printer to the Linux box via a USB cable.
Then I just had to add the “new” printer into CUPS, where I could select the proper driver.

So far, everything seems to work just fine. I can even print from The Gimp 2.9.9.
After this detour, I can go back to my luvvely profile tweaking experiments
(spending new reams of paper and new oceans of ink drops) again…

Have fun!
Claes in Lund, Sweden

Oh it sounds like you got the airprint driver, which is nice for printing business documents but not for much else! Glad you figured it out.