I am a relative newbie with a fresh 12.1 and I am trying to add the printer driver for my Epson WP-4020 printer which is out on my network without success.
I download the RPM from the Epson website and an installer starts, tells me that there are 16 programs that must be installed and provides the list. I say ok and it starts to act and then fails saying KDEInit could not launch /usr/bin/apper. I looked for that file “apper” and it does exist in that location.
When I ok that box, I get another that looks like this:
Thanks. I guess it comes about because I get the software specific to my printer from the Epson website and they provide an RPM and on my default 12.1 installation, Apper is the default installation tool.
So how do I install a vendor provided RPM with YaST?
Silly me. I just checked YaST for “Epson” and there is a driver. I will try it.
Still no joy. I installed the YaST “Epson inkjet printer driver” and tried to set up the printer with CUPS. CUPS finds the printer on the network but does not find the YaST installed driver, so perhaps it is not the right one?
George, you can install the rpm using “rpm -ivh foo.rpm”. Are you using YAST to setup the printer? With openSUSE I use that instead of the CUPS web interface. Also, I just uninstall apper as it doesn’t seem to be much use except for update notification, so I just run “zypper up” every day or so.
I followed the advice given here which was to first install lsb using YaST. That part went smoothly.
I then used YaST, not CUPS to add the printer. The Epson driver however was not found by YaST so I found the appropriate .ppd printer descripion file with a search, unpacked it from that .gz, probably installed by the Epson driver install in that archive, unpacked it and placed it in a known location and then told YaST about it. The printer worked from there.
This Epson WP-4020 printer is very new, only started shipping last month I think and the Linux driver is dated a week or so ago. I am sure they will make it more installable eventually. The printer is great. Unfortunately, the quality of the Linux system graphic output is not as good as from a Windoze system as tested here with the same source file. Good but not as good. Do not use the “force rasterize output” option, it does not work correctly. It does auto duplex and promises low cost quality color and text printing. So far, I am impressed. Part of a line of four-in-one inkjets, this is the only printer-only.
I hope it will be a real workhorse around here. Nice to get it working with both SUSE and WinXP. Installation on 11.4 was painless, 12.1 not so.