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Thread: invalid or missing IEEE 1284 Device ID

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    Jul 2008
    Santa Cruz, CA

    Unhappy invalid or missing IEEE 1284 Device ID

    Jun  9 16:33:20 beethoven udev-configure-printer: add /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.1/usb1/1-2/1-2:1.0/usb/lp0
    Jun  9 16:33:20 beethoven udev-configure-printer: parent devpath is /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:02.1/usb1/1-2
    Jun  9 16:33:20 beethoven udev-configure-printer: invalid or missing IEEE 1284 Device ID
    $ lsusb -v -s 1:2
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04f9:0142 Brother Industries, Ltd MFC-8420
    Device Descriptor:
      bLength                18
      bDescriptorType         1
      bcdUSB               2.00
      bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
      bDeviceSubClass         0 
      bDeviceProtocol         0 
      bMaxPacketSize0        64
      idVendor           0x04f9 Brother Industries, Ltd
      idProduct          0x0142 MFC-8420
      bcdDevice            1.00
      iManufacturer           0 
      iProduct                0 
      iSerial                 3 
      bNumConfigurations      1
    Because of some space character in the printer response, the driver emits that bogus "invalid or missing" thingey and it makes it impossible to configure the printer. The kludgearound that worked until today was to lie to CUPS and tell it we had a parallel printer sitting in /dev/usb/lp0. For reasons that I cannot diagnose, that has stopped working. I have verified that I have the latest and greatest drivers from Brother, but to no avail. It has been clear since I first got it working that the setup was really, really dodgey:
    #! /bin/bash
    test -c /dev/usb/lp0 && exit 0
    sudo bash -c 'rmmod usblp ; modprobe usblp'
    sleep 1
    but it has worked for me since last summer. Now it doesn't. Now what?

    Oh, the printers.conf file that used to work:
    <DefaultPrinter oh_brother>
    Info Brother MFC-8420
    Location here
    MakeModel Brother MFC-8420 for CUPS
    DeviceURI parallel:/dev/usb/lp0
    State Idle
    StateTime 1307638243
    Type 8388612
    Accepting Yes
    Shared Yes
    JobSheets none none
    QuotaPeriod 0
    PageLimit 0
    KLimit 0
    OpPolicy default
    ErrorPolicy stop-printer
    Last edited by bkorb; 09-Jun-2011 at 17:37. Reason: add printer.conf file text

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