Printer , Made Of: Free and open-source software portal. OpenPrinting printer support – database Foomatic is a printing system designed to make it easier to set up common printers for use with Debian and other operating systems. I had to change some of the driver settings this is done through the “Configure Printer” option on the printers page in the CUPS web interface before I was able to successfully print a test page. Learn more about this site.

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We can quickly discard three of these: This document is Copyright by Robert pritner den Aker. If your browser has trouble setting a reasonable filename for the PPD, you can rename it after downloading to the name suggested in the PPD.

Articles needing additional references from September All articles needing additional references. This leaves us with three choices: This means that you need to have the “cdj” device compiled into ghostscript if you want to use the cdj PPD.

PrinterMade Of: The extension must be. This script is a clever hack to allow the use of ‘traditional’ ghostscript devices with CUPS. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat In addition, if I want to use a Foomatic PPD, the Foomatic PPD for hpijs for this printer was already installed by the hpijs-ppds package, so I can use the hpijs driver the recommended driver for this printer, as we shall see right away.


However, very few driver distributions provide native CUPS filters, and the foomatic-rip trick comes in handy in many cases.

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Other Foomatic PPDs need to be downloaded from foomwtic www. Views Read Edit View history. This page is also available in the following languages How to set the default document language: Different PPDs that use foomatic-rip often require different ghostscript devices.

Foomatic is a configurable printing filter. Lucky for us, “cdj” is listed, so we can use this PPD. Foomatic is a printing system designed to foomztic it easier to set up common printers for use with Debian and other operating systems.

Debian — Details of package foomatic-db in sid

Click the “download PPD” link. 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. The optional foomatic-filters package includes the foomatic-rip filter script from the www. If you installed the gimp-print-cups package, chances are that your printer is supported by it.

Package: foomatic-db (20180921-2)

I choose the HP DeskJetwhich takes me to this page. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This package contains the printer database distributed by OpenPrinting for most common drivers. You can put foomatic in a subdirectory if you prefer.


It can be used in tandem with either the oldish “hpijs” ghostscript device or the new “ijs” ghostscript device. For other contact information, see the Debian contact page. It uses PPD files as configuration to generate appropriate output for a given printer.

It provides the “glue” between a print spooler like CUPS or lpr and your actual printer, by telling your computer how to process files sent to the printer. It uses ‘traditional’ ghostscript devices such as rpinter, “pcl3”, “ijs”, etcetera instead.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This means you do not need to recompile ghostscript every time a new printer model comes out; you just update the external filter program. This meant you had to recompile ghostscript for every new printer driver.

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