Cant see printer ink level after plasma6 update

I have a “before” and “after” pic of both of the printer setting GUI page:



Obviously i need to be able to see the ink levels. How do i do that now?


  Host: greg-optiplex7050 Kernel: 6.6.30-2-MANJARO arch: x86_64 bits: 64
  Desktop: KDE Plasma v: 6.0.4 Distro: Manjaro Linux
❱lpstat -p -d
printer C1660w_Color_Printer is idle.  enabled since Sat 25 May 2024 11:07:22 BST
system default destination: C1660w_Color_Printer

I always check ink levels in terminal with Ink from (AUR) on my USB connected Printer with:

ink -p usb

Im print rarely and had no need to use my printer after new plasma update, i hope it still works for you.

Thx for the suggestion but no, my printer is wireless networked and not a Canon but i spent some time looking into it this morning and came up with a script.

Basically using net-snmp.

It rough and ready but meh.

#!/usr/bin/env fish

# Fetch SNMP output
set snmp_output (snmpwalk -v 1 -c public

# Initialize arrays to hold the processed data
set status_messages
set cartridge_levels
set cartridge_names
set max_levels

# Process and collect data
for line in $snmp_output
    if echo $line | grep '' > /dev/null
        set status_messages $status_messages (echo $line | sed 's/.*STRING: //' | sed 's/"//g')
    else if echo $line | grep '' > /dev/null
        set cartridge_levels $cartridge_levels (echo $line | sed 's/.*INTEGER: //')
    else if echo $line | grep '' > /dev/null
        set cartridge_names $cartridge_names (echo $line | sed 's/.*STRING: //' | sed 's/"//g')
    else if echo $line | grep '' > /dev/null
        set max_levels $max_levels (echo $line | grep -oE '[0-9]+$')

# Combine and output data with aligned columns and percentages
for i in (seq (count $cartridge_names))
    set max_level $max_levels[$i]
    if test -z "$max_level"
        set max_level 100 # Default to 100 if no valid max level found
    set level_percentage (math "$cartridge_levels[$i] * 100 / $max_level")

    printf "%-20s Cartridge %-10s %-40s\n" "$cartridge_names[$i]" "$level_percentage%" "$status_messages[$i]"

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Try to install system-config-printer and reboot.

Its already installed.

Start it, e.g typing system-config-printer in konsole, and double-click on your printer then select “Ink/Toner Levels” tab, and check if it works or you get any error messages.

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Ok yep that does work

It’ll do the job although its quicker to run my script, but i can create a shortcut to this gui.

So now Ii have 2 ways to check my ink levels now, neither are part of my printer management software but sure.

Thx man !

It seems there’s a problem with the KDE print manager, can you report it at

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