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Printer/driver database of

Foomatic is the printer/driver database of The XML-based system integrates free software printer drivers with all common spoolers (CUPS, LPRng, LPD, GNUlpr, PPR, PDQ, CPS, etc.) in UNIX. It generates printer/driver description files which, together with spooler-specific filter scripts, allow easy setup of print queues with access to all driver options. Foomatic ships with every major distro and its Web site is used as a reference by vendors. It is an up-to-date and distribution-independent repository of printer and driver data, scripts, and utilities, accompanied by the wealth of knowledge, tips and tricks, solutions, and enlightenment provided by its newsgroups.



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Janet Casey

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28 January 2003

Leaders and contributors

Till Kamppeter Maintainer
Grant Taylor Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Weak prerequisiteespgs; See also for a list of compatible printers and drivers
Weak prerequisitecups
Weak prerequisitelprng
Weak prerequisitegpr
Required to usemake
Required to usewget *or* cURL
Required to usePerl
Weak prerequisiteppr
Weak prerequisitekprinter
Required to uselibxml 2.x
Weak prerequisitecps
Weak prerequisitegnulpr
Weak prerequisitexpp
Weak prerequisitelpd
Weak prerequisitepdq


"Debian (Ref)" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

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