View Full Version : [ubuntu] How to transfer printer driver files to another computer?

April 6th, 2009, 04:49 PM
I have an old laptop running Feisty that prints fine but I need to install a the same printer on another computer also running Feisty.
I assume I could just copy the files needed from one computer to the other & then install the printer. But the trick is knowing what files i need.
To install the original drivers I had to install csh which was no problem at the time but since Feisty is no longer supported "apt-get install csh" doesn't work any longer so I'm trying to figure an alternative way to install my Brother MFC 420CN.
Any ideas

April 6th, 2009, 05:04 PM
maybe you can download the files manually from here and put on a thumb drive or cd and manually install them on the other machine


or you possibly can change the sources.list file to point to there

April 6th, 2009, 05:40 PM
Thanks for the ideas but I'm still a little lost with where to go from here.

If I could only figure out what files i needed for my printer I could just copy from the Feisty computer where the printer's working to the Feisty one that's not.

April 6th, 2009, 05:49 PM
according to openprinting.org http://openprinting.org/show_printer.cgi?recnum=Brother-MFC-420CN there are native drivers on the brothers website. Maybe try downloading that and installing and it should prompt you for any missing files


Mark Phelps
April 6th, 2009, 08:42 PM
Look in /etc/cups/ppd for files ending in ".ppd". If you have any, copy them off to USB stick.

You can use the ppd files in your other machine to install the printers.