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To perform Printer maintenance in Ubuntu, is there an application that is available for several types of printers?

I want to get details about Ink levels and do Clean the Printer and Align the Cartridges.

I am concerning that through the drivers and packages found on Official Ubuntu Repository.

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closed as too broad by Braiam, Seth, Warren Hill, Kevin Bowen, karel Dec 14 '13 at 10:07

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What printer? I think if anything is available it will depend on the make and model. –  Warren Hill Dec 12 '13 at 17:30
    
Ubuntu means not the Launchpad. And it is a OS that not depend on Hardware Manufacturers. Question is about packages in main Ubuntu repository –  user224082 Dec 14 '13 at 18:15
    
IMHO, it depends on the implementation of the drivers included in Ubuntu and CUPS. –  Braiam Dec 14 '13 at 19:15
    
How to perform it ? –  user224082 Dec 14 '13 at 19:53
    
it depends. If your printer drivers doesn't support the characteristic no help we could provide will allow you. –  Braiam Dec 14 '13 at 21:17
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Printer maintenance is mainly done via it's driver. Only if the printer manufacturer supported maintenance via their open or closed source Linux drivers we may have access to functions provided. Unfortunately for many printers this is not available.

To view ink levels from many supported printers there is a command line tool ink Install ink using libinklevel5.

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Mtink

This is a good tool for Measure printer ink levels and do maintenance tasks.

It is for Epson printers but also works with HP and Cannon printers.

Install via the software center

sudo apt-get install mtink

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