Printing under Wine - Mission Impossible?

Patrick Tighe ptighe at
Wed Nov 6 11:12:08 CST 2002

     I've gotten CUPS support working quite easily with the latest Suse
RPM, just an FYI.  I however am having a different problem.  I can't
actually print.  The print job spools, but it isn't what I'm expecting.
I've got 3 printers, an hp5, without PS support (not surprised this fails),
an HP 4500N, which locks up upon receiving the print job, and an HP 8150GN,
which does nothing.  Does anyone have any experience with this setup?  All
three printers work fine for other printing applications, i.e. OpenOffice,
or printing text files.  Thanks for any responses and help.

Best Regards,
Patrick Tighe

Dan Fer wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been trying to print under apps running with wine for a while.
> In wine docs it says wine automatically detect CUPS printer. Well, I have
> CUPS installed, everything prints great, except apps running under wine,
> which say that no printers are installed.
> CUPS version installed. Debian woody version -
> Wine version installed. Prepackaged Deb 20021013.
> Can anyone point me and explain how can I truly print right now under
> (using cups or not, wine docs are not very trustfull. (I would thank a
> if the help would be detailed).

Currently, Wine has to be compiled with support for whatever printing
system you have. Hopefully someday that will change. In the meantime,
that means that if the repackaged Deb 20021013 was not compiled with
CUPS support, then the CUPS printing likely will not work.

So I guess, you could try to find out whether that package has CUPS
support, or try to find another package that has it. Or just get source
and compile (be sure to uninstall the version you have first). Yes that
is a little more difficult to figure out the first time, but it really
is not as hard as it first appears (in my opinion). And once you have
done it once, it is very easy anytime thereafter.

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