Installing HuskyPrint, Papercut, and networked printers manually (Linux - minimally managed or personal)

You can manually install HuskyPrint stations and certain networked printers on minimally managed or personal devices. If you have a fully managed device, you will already have the HuskyPrint stations installed and do not need to install HuskyPrint or Papercut. Visit Managed Devices at Michigan Tech for more details.

Papercut requirement

If you have a minimally managed or personal device, the Papercut Client is required. You need to install HuskyPrint and Papercut.

Please disconnect from the VPN before you print, as it will prevent the Papercut client from prompting for credentials. You can reconnect when you are done printing.

You can view your transaction history, recent print jobs, and jobs pending release by logging into PaperCut with your Michigan Tech account name and password.

Instructions

Pre-installation notes

Papercut is particular about the Java version it needs. Our testing concluded that it needs Java version 1.8.0_181+ in order to work properly on Fedora/RHEL/Centos systems; your experience may vary. If you want to add the husky-bw and husky-color printers to cups you’ll also need admin privileges.

Caution:  Java 10+ is required for Papercut and it will not work with version 9 or below.

Packages needed: You'll also need the packages ‘cupsd’ and ‘lpadmin’

Note: These instructions are based on a RHEL system. You may need to customize the commands based on your particular Linux distribution.

You can view your transaction history, recent print jobs, and jobs pending release by logging into PaperCut with your Michigan Tech account name and password.

Manually install and run Papercut

  1. Download mtu-linux-printing.tar.bz2.
  2. Copy the installer to the desired directory. Extract the tarball and only copy the ‘papercut’ folder to your desired location.
    $ tar -xvjf mtu-printing.tar.bz2
    $ cp -r papercut <desired-location>
  3. Run papercut. The location of the Papercut script is in:./papercut/pc-client-linux.sh
    Note: ./ will represent your <desired-location>. You may need to add the executable flag:$ chmod +x ./papercut/pc-client-linux.sh

Manually add Husky-BW or Husky-Color

  1. Open a terminal window.
  2. Enable and start ‘cupsd’ daemon. Note: You’ll need sudo, or root, for the following commands:
    # systemctl enable cupsd
    # systemctl start cupsd
  3. Select the printer ppd from the available list. For example, husky-bw or husky-color.
  4. Right-click on Raw File in the upper right hand corner right-click, and select “Copy Link Location”
    Raw File ppd
  5. Download the printer ppd link to a location, using using wget or curl, such as:
    ~/Downloads/drivers
    • Note: Remove the following from the link before executing:
      ?at=refs%2Fheads%2Fmaster
    • Use the following commands:
      $ wget https://scm.it.mtu.edu/projects/LPPD/repos/linux-printer-drivers/raw/husky-bw.ppd
      $ wget https://scm.it.mtu.edu/projects/LPPD/repos/linux-printer-drivers/raw/husky-color.ppd

      download printer ppd
  6. Add printers using the lpadmin command when you have the desired ppds downloaded. Note: You’ll need sudo, or root, for the following commands:
    Replace /home/printers with your own location
    # lpadmin -p husky-bw -E -v lpd://print.mtu.edu/husky-bw -P "/home/printers/Downloads/drivers/husky-bw.ppd"
    # lpadmin -p husky-color -E -v lpd://print.mtu.edu/husky-color -P "/home/printers/Downloads/drivers/husky-color.ppd"
    add printers

Manually add networked printers

You can also add certain departmental networked printers, Use the instructions for manually adding Husky-BW or Husky-Color, making the following adjustments.

  1. Change the printer name.
  2. Change the ‘lpd’ location.
  3. Download the corresponding ppd

Details

Article ID: 52820
Created
Thu 4/26/18 3:21 PM
Modified
Wed 3/16/22 9:28 AM

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