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Offline Sy41CL

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SOLVED Problems with a dot matrix printer
« on: April 14, 2019, 01:50:32 pm »
Hi, I use a dot matrix printer Lexmark 2491. In my very great number of Linux distro tested,
this printer always worker very well, installed via CUPS and the IBM Execjet 4072 Foomatic/bj200 driver.
The printer is connected via parallel:/dev/lp0. It is possible I don't know some peculiarity of Sparky, that is new for me.
Now the printer don't accept any work with the error "Filer Failed".
I have installed SparkyLinux 5.7 "Nibiru" - Multimedia flavour.
I thank you very much for all your help!!!
(P.S. : Printing is very important for me and if I don't solve this problem, I think I have to change distro  :-( :-( :-(   )
« Last Edit: April 18, 2019, 09:36:56 am by Sy41CL »

Offline kanliot

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2019, 03:17:49 pm »
Hope you can fix your issue.  I didn't read what the problem was.

I'm probably not qualified to help you, but I hope this helps https://wiki.debian.org/SystemPrinting#Software_Installation

Offline Sy41CL

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 11:29:05 am »
Hi, thank you for help.
I visited openprinting.org and downloaded all drivers suitable for my Lexmark 2491:
- IBM-Execjet_4072-bj200.ppd;
- IBM-ProPrinterII-ibmpro.ppd and
- Generic-IBM-Compatible_Dot_Matrix_Printer-ibmpro.ppd.
In the past I used all of this drivers, but I prefer the IBM-Execjet_4072-bj200
because is the only that works with the graphic capabilities of my printer.
With all of these drivers, I obtain from the system, NOT THE PRINTER,
the same error "Filter failed".
I hope for help resolving this problem...
Again, Thank you very much.

Offline kanliot

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2019, 02:19:08 pm »
Thanks for the response, but I am still not confident.

When it says "Fiter failed"  is this in openoffice? 
What is the name of the window?

Also,  is this stable  sparky or the new rolling  sparky linux install?

Offline kanliot

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2019, 02:21:43 pm »
This page instructs you to look at an error log. 
can you post that log to pastebin.com and link it here?
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CUPS/Troubleshooting#CUPS:_%22Filter_failed%22

Offline Sy41CL

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2019, 03:52:31 pm »
Hi, the error "Filter failed" occurs in CUPS when I try to print the test page.
I have installed SparkyLinux 5.7 "Nibiru" MULTIMEDIA in the rolling version.
Again Thank you very much for your effort to help me!!!

Offline Sy41CL

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2019, 05:07:28 pm »
Hi, I posted the CUPS error log in pastebin at
Code: [Select]
https://pastebin.com/Zjwj8dAv Again, thank you for help! 
« Last Edit: April 17, 2019, 03:50:21 pm by Sy41CL »

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 05:24:33 pm »
Your file has been removed, see nothing.
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Offline Sy41CL

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Re: Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2019, 03:54:52 pm »
I am sorry, I typed wrong the address, but now is correct.

Offline Sy41CL

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Re: SOLVED Problems with a dot matrix printer
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2019, 09:40:40 am »
Thank you so much for all your help!!!
The problem was the authorizations of /dev/lp0
set to 660. I changed it to 666 and the printers
works now very well with the usual driver
IBM Execjet 4072 Foomatic/bj200.
Again, thank you very much!!!