Are there any current label printers that works with Linux/amd64?
On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 01:36:47AM -0400, Allan Wind wrote:
> Does anyone have a current label printer working with
> Brother QL-580N appears to be decent hardware, but apparently
> a brick under amd64. Neither the install instructions
> (--force-all) or the source code I looked at inspired confidence.
I am planning to move my 32-bit userspace to 64 bits next HD upgrade,
so your post inspired me to throw together an amd64 VM to test my
QL-500 printer. I used the stable amd64 netinst iso and selected the
print server task.
The Brother drivers for my QL-500 seem to work OK under the 64 bit
architecture, even without installing the 32 bit compatability
libraries as described in "Using proprietary i386 apps on an amd64
system" <http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/531>. Maybe the
drivers are statically linked.
Anyway, the installation *is* somewhat touchy and took me a couple of
tries. Here are the steps that I had to take:
ln -s /etc/init.d/cups /etc/init.d/cupsys
dpkg --force all -i ql500lpr-1.0.0-1.i386.deb
dpkg --force all -i ql500cupswrapperinch-1.0.0-1.debian.i386.deb
<Configure CUPS and print teensy test page>
I suspect these same steps would be needed installing in an i386
system anyway as the ln & mkdir changes reflect locations in newer
systems and the "--force all" is required, erm, normally.
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