How can I tell which package provided my printer driver?

Asked by Rolf Leggewie on 2010-02-26

I understand that printer drivers are copied to /etc/cups/ppd/ and get a file name corresponding to the name the printer is given in cups. I wonder where those files are copied from? The ppd are just text files and I can look inside to understand a bit about where they roughly came from. But what if I want to know exactly? Another way one could put my question is "where does 'lpinfo -m' look for drivers when compiling the list of available drivers on the system?" lp-info apparently relies on cups-driverd for this task. The cups-driverd man page mentions the /usr/share/cups/model and /usr/lib/cups/driver directories, but that does not seem to be accurate information. The latter only contains two binaries, the former does not even exist and /usr/share/cups has all kinds of stuff, printer drivers doesn't seem to be among them.

I'm asking because I want to report a problem with a printer driver for one of my printers. /usr/share/ppd/ has a bunch of drivers, but it looks like other sources for drivers find their way into lpinfo -m as well.

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You could use apt-file, it will take a long time as it needs to catalogue every file in every package from your available repos to then be searched but it WILL find the file

sudo apt-get install apt-file; sudo apt-file update

This will take a while (10-20 mins or so)

Then you can run

sudo apt-file search filename

and you will be shown the package name(s) which contains that file.

Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) said : #2

actionparship, thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, it doesn't solve the issue. If the name of the file was known, "locate $filename" would likely be sufficient. The problem is that the name of the original driver file is not known.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #3

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Rolf Leggewie (r0lf) said : #4

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Printer drivers (ppds) can either be static ones or dynamically generated.

Just check the *NickName from ppds in /etc/cups/ppd, in my case:
$ grep '*NickName:' /etc/cups/ppd/HP_LaserJet_4000_Series.ppd
*NickName: "HP LaserJet 4000 Series Postscript (recommended)"

It should match with an entry from lpinfo -m:
$ lpinfo -m | grep "HP LaserJet 4000 Series, Postscript-HP 20081112 (OpenPrinting $ lpinfo -m | grep "HP LaserJet 4000 Series Postscript (recommended)"
lsb/usr/hplip/HP/hp-laserjet_4000_series-ps.ppd HP LaserJet 4000 Series Postscript (recommended)

Which gives you an idea about where it comes from, in my case a static ppd from /usr/share/ppd/hplip/HP/hp-laserjet_4000_series-ps.ppd

This file is provided by the hplip-data binary package:
$ dpkg-query --search hp-laserjet_4000_series-ps.ppd
hplip-data: /usr/share/ppd/hplip/HP/hp-laserjet_4000_series-ps.ppd

Please provide the NickName of your printer and the matching lpinfo -m entry.

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