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December 9th, 2009, 01:23 AM
I installed Ubuntu from command line for a minimal installation.

I downloaded and installed cupsys, but I cannot get into CUPS.

When I go to System -> Administration -> Services, I can see "Printer Service (cupsys)", but it's grayed out. (In fact, everything in the "Services Settings" window is grayed out and inaccessible.)

December 9th, 2009, 01:47 AM
Hmm...what printer do you have?

December 9th, 2009, 02:14 AM
Is cups running? Open a terminal and type:

ps ax | grep cups

to see if it is running. If it is you can access cups via the web interface at:


December 9th, 2009, 02:19 AM
Hmm...what printer do you have?

My printer is a Brother MFC-240C.

December 9th, 2009, 03:37 AM
Thanks for your help. The localhost:631 suggestion worked.

My procedure for printer installation is:

Download and install the package cupsys.
If you are using a Brother printer, look at the brother-cups-wrapper-* packages for the one pertaining to your particular model. Download and install that particular package.
Once cupsys and (if applicable) the brother-cups-wrapper-* packages are installed, go to http://localhost:631/ and follow the instructions.

Of course, my printer is a Brother MFC-240C. The procedure will be slightly different for other printers.