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September 10th, 2008, 05:34 PM
OK, I am installing an HP printer and it advises on the website when downloading the HPLIP not to install as root. I have no idea what that means and I got this error:

error: You are running the installer as root. It is highly recommended that you run the installer as
error: a regular (non-root) user. Do you still wish to continue?
Continue with installation (y=yes, n=no*, q=quit) ? n

How do I NOT run it as a root? I am brand new to Ubuntu, so absolute beginner talk please :)


September 10th, 2008, 05:37 PM
Most HP Printers are supported out of the box in Ubuntu did you try installing the printer without installing the hplip drivers?

September 10th, 2008, 05:39 PM
Yes, it is an Officejet J4580, not supported out of the box... :( Of course I have to pick the one thats not!

Any suggestions?

September 10th, 2008, 06:28 PM
Why not install hplip from the repositories?

September 10th, 2008, 06:54 PM
There is some hope.

Go to


Click on Supported printers and you will find your printer listed.

Next click download and choose the Ubuntu 8.04 self installer and follow the instructions
on the download page.

Best of luck.

September 10th, 2008, 08:16 PM
Thats what I did/was doing when the error came up... Thats where it says not to install it as a root. I just need to know how to not install it as a root...

September 10th, 2008, 08:53 PM
go to

System>>Administration>>Synaptic Package Manager

and search hplip. You can install the hplip drivers from there, no issues.

September 10th, 2008, 09:02 PM
well did you enable a root account?
not really advised hope you know.

September 10th, 2008, 09:27 PM
I have no clue?? Thats kinda the point of the question...?

September 10th, 2008, 09:44 PM
ok nevermind i figured it out

September 12th, 2008, 06:58 AM
Can you specify how did you solve your HP printer (http://www.hpprinter.org/) related problem as im planning to install ubuntu also with HP printer and I want to avoid this problem.