From: Timothy Knox Date: 21:03 on 16 Jan 2007 Subject: CUPS My cup of hatred for CUPS runneth over, but let's focus on just one hate: Due to really bad weather today, I wanted to work from home. No problem, as I have a high speed network connection. I wanted to print some documents from my Linux workstation at the office to my printer at home. No problem, sez I, cuz I have CUPS. Oho, I can hear you experienced folks chortle, you're asking for it now. And I was. I set up the printer: hostname, queue name, usw... Tell CUPS to print a test page. No joy. Walk over to the console of my print server at home. Print a test page to the same print queue. Ka-chunk! Out comes the page. Back to my Linux box at work. Look in the cups error log. It tells me the print failed, and I should try setting the LogLevel to debug for more information. No problem, sez I, cuz CUPS has this amazing web-based UI for configuration and set up (which I had in fact already used to add the printer). Some of you have already guessed what comes next, but for the rest, I'll tell you: There is no way I could find anywhere in the wonderful web-based UI to set the LogLevel to debug. Why not, CUPS? Why not, you chuckle-headed steaming pile of electronic offal, WHY NOT? Is this not a reasonable request, especially when a user is trying to, f'rinstance, ADD A NEW PRINTER? If you are the new face of Unix-based printing, no wonder adoption of Unix on the desktop still ain't happening! CUPS, I hate your electronic guts with a passion unmatched, save for my hatred of all your software brethren!
From: peter (Peter da Silva) Date: 12:23 on 17 Jan 2007 Subject: Re: CUPS I'll bet I hate CUPS more than you do, because Apple for some absolutely bizarre idea decided to use it as their printing solution instead of doing what they usually do and inventing their own scheme that's incompatible with everything in existence but at least fucking works. But they've somehow managed to fuck it up so that it's actually impossible to send a plain text file to a printer and let the fucking printer rasterize it. EVEN FUCKING WINDOWS LETS YOU DO THAT.
From: David Landgren Date: 13:44 on 22 Jan 2007 Subject: Re: CUPS Timothy Knox wrote: [...] > Some of you have already guessed what comes next, but for the rest, I'll tell > you: There is no way I could find anywhere in the wonderful web-based UI to set > the LogLevel to debug. Why not, CUPS? Why not, you chuckle-headed steaming pile > of electronic offal, WHY NOT? Is this not a reasonable request, especially when > a user is trying to, f'rinstance, ADD A NEW PRINTER? If you are the new face of > Unix-based printing, no wonder adoption of Unix on the desktop still ain't > happening! Ah cups, let me count the ways I hate thee. On second thoughts, no. The heat death of the universe would occur before reaching the end. Of course, the error in this particular case was to believe you could change the debug setting via the web interface. This has to be done by editing /etc/cups/cupsd.conf, and then restarting the cupsd process, as any fule kno.
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