I have been digging through this for over a week now and am at the point of needing help.
When I attempted to add my network printer in Gnome’s
Add Printer dialog, it appears, then when I click Add I get an error Failed to Add Printer. When I was running Ubuntu before this was all I had to do and it just worked.
I started digging into this a bit…
- The drivers on the Brother website are for *.deb and *.rpm only (hence why it probably doesn’t ‘just work’ anymore - sigh)
- The AUR has a generic driver which specifically lists my printer (OK)
At this point I have tried using a tool to extract specific drivers from the *.deb file which got me nowhere then, after finding the generic driver ( AUR (en) - brother-brgenml1 ) and installing that nothing changed. (It is installed properly and appears in the Software app but adding the printer still fails).
I then found this article on here…
And ran this…
sudo systemctl disable --now org.cups.cupsd.socket sudo systemctl disable --now org.cups.cupsd.service sudo systemctl disable --now org.cups.cupsd.path sudo systemctl enable --now cups.service sudo systemctl enable --now cups.socket sudo systemctl enable --now cups.path
The first 3 lines failed but the last three went through fine which the discussion above indicated should be OK.
I then went to CUPS Admin here: http://localhost:631/admin
I set up my printer using the first option for Model (Brother BrGenML1 for CUPS) which seems to be the generic driver.
I can now see a printer in the printers list but if I try to print anything then nothing happens, it just sits in the queue.
I cleared the printer attempts from CUPS admin at this point and went to the Manjaro Wiki Printing pages here: Printing - Manjaro
And tried this, which seemed to be missing…
pacman -Syu system-config-printer
Add Printer GUI tool now allows me to add my printer but any attempt to print still just stops at
Processing and nothing prints.
I reviewed what had been set up and it was using a generic driver rather than the Brother driver so I went in to
Choose from Database and selected the Generic Brother driver that I was using when trying with CUPS above. Still nothing prints and it sticks on processing.
When I try to print a second document the print dialog now says Unable to find printer
I am all out of ideas as to where to go from here now.