• Setup for a Brother MFC-L8900CDW printer

    I had this printer setup before on Antergos (through some steps I can no longer remember or find) and am now trying to set it up again (wireless) on my new Antergos re-install.

    I have added it via the CUPS web interface (localhost:631) but the printer either:
    a) takes 5-10 minutes to print something once requested, or
    b) fails to print at all (saying unresponsive or not found)

    Maybe there’s something with avahi I need to do…something else…

    Any help troubleshooting is greatly appreciated!

  • @trey Did you try the lpr cups driver in the AUR?

  • @trey Are you using a router with your Wifi? It may be easier to set up a specific ip address on the router for the printer and use that ip address in the cups configuration.

  • @ricklinux I am using a router. The printer is using DHCP currently, but can try setting it up with a static IP.

    For some reason I keep getting a nagging feeling that I need to do something ‘avahi-related’

    I’ll continue to research.

  • After adding the avahi entries per the instructions here[1], deleting the printer from the CUPS web interface, and then adding via the Print Settings application, the printer appears to be responding as I would expect.

    [1] https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Avahi

  • @trey Can you explain exactly what all you did per the instructions?

  • @ricklinux Sure! I installed the nss-mdns package and edited /etc/nsswitch.conf per this section on the referenced wiki page:

    Hostname resolution
    Avahi provides local hostname resolution using a “hostname.local” naming scheme. To enable it, install the nss-mdns package and start avahi-daemon.service.

    Then, edit the file /etc/nsswitch.conf and change the hosts line to include mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] before resolve and dns:

    hosts: … mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] resolve [!UNAVAIL=return] dns …

  • @trey I’m glad you figured it out. I find the Arch site just too extreme. I think there is an encyclopedia for everything. So you just add mdns_minimal [NOTFOUND=return] and that’s it? So what is it doing basically telling it that it can’t resolve to a name?

  • I suppose that’s what’s happening…I didn’t dig too deep for expediency.

    I agree the wiki is both comprehensive and overkill/overwhelming at the same time.

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