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Old 7th August 2017, 04:47 PM
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Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

Hi Everyone,

I was hoping someone could help me diagnose a printing problem that I'm having. I have a Brother DCP-7020 which has worked flawlessly with other distributions in the past. In Fedora 26 I'm getting some errors related to CUPS filters. You can see the full log for attempting to print a simple text file here: https://pastebin.com/vmG61jVe

It looks like it's trying to run two filters: pdftopdf and foomatic-rip. The pdftopdf filter crashes, which causes the whole process to fail. I'm a little perplexed as to why it's using the pdftopdf filter to begin with.

To give you an overview of what I've tried:

1. I've disabled SELinux as this seemed to interfere with CUPS
2. I've been able to successfully delete and readd the printer multiple times, it's connected locally via USB and it uses the Foomatic/hl1250 driver which is the recommended driver for that printer. The reason I'm pointing this out is that it seems to be less of an issue with the printer driver, and more with the CUPS filter chains.
3. I've tried printing different file types: PDF, text files, etc. but I always receive CUPS filter errors.

Any advice or tips would be appreciated!
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Old 7th August 2017, 07:06 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

Check if /var/spool/cups has space and if not try clearing the pacman cache.
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Old 8th August 2017, 09:53 AM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

I'm quite sure this problem is printer agnostic and caused by bug in qpdf-libs update. Affected version is qpdf-libs-6.0.0-6.fc26-x86_64. Here's Bugzilla page: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1478537

You can either downgrade qpdf-libs:
Code:
sudo dnf downgrade qpdf-libs
or upgrade it to newer version with this bug fixed (version 6.0.0-7), that is now in updates-testing repo:
Code:
sudo dnf --enablerepo=updates-testing upgrade qpdf-libs
I've tried both, both worked for me.
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Old 8th August 2017, 05:01 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

That worked - thanks Night Romantic!
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Old 8th August 2017, 09:01 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

I had the same filter problem with generic CUPS-PDF printer. My network printer HP LaserJet 3052 was working OK. Upgrading gpdf-libs to updates-testing repo version solved the problem.
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Old 8th August 2017, 09:21 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

THANK YOU! qpdf-libs was the problem and it has ruined my life for the last four days!
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Old 9th August 2017, 12:31 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

Glad to help!

I've had it with every printer I have on my work computer: Cups-PDF and two network ones (Brother and HP).
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Old 12th August 2017, 12:40 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

+1 to Night Romantic. Solution worked here for me as well. Found msg in dmesg that said pdftopdf segfaulted. That was the best lead to this issue that has been bugging me for a few weeks. Thanks again.
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Old 12th August 2017, 03:59 PM
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Re: Fedora 26 - Problems Printing - CUPS filter error

run your sudo dnf update. It should pull in the cups-filter updates. For 4 days I had the same problem, and now everything is fine.
Not many of us use command line lp or lpr programs. These still work.
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