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Printer/driver database of

Foomatic is the printer/driver database of The XML-based system integrates free software printer drivers with all common spoolers (CUPS, LPRng, LPD, GNUlpr, PPR, PDQ, CPS, etc.) in UNIX. It generates printer/driver description files which, together with spooler-specific filter scripts, allow easy setup of print queues with access to all driver options. Foomatic ships with every major distro and its Web site is used as a reference by vendors. It is an up-to-date and distribution-independent repository of printer and driver data, scripts, and utilities, accompanied by the wealth of knowledge, tips and tricks, solutions, and enlightenment provided by its newsgroups.


User README included; User guide included (see the USAGE file); User tutorials available in HTML format from

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Janet Casey

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28 January 2003

Leaders and contributors

Grant Taylor Maintainer
Till Kamppeter Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Debian (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to usewget *or* cURL
Weak prerequisitegpr
Weak prerequisiteppr
Required to uselibxml 2.x
Weak prerequisiteespgs; See also for a list of compatible printers and drivers
Weak prerequisitepdq
Required to usePerl
Weak prerequisitelpd
Weak prerequisitecps
Required to usemake
Weak prerequisitelprng
Weak prerequisitexpp
Weak prerequisitegnulpr
Weak prerequisitekprinter
Weak prerequisitecups

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 14 February 2018.


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