I deleted the printer and installed hplip from Ubuntu software centre. Got error message:

Stopped Backend/usr/lib/cups/backend/hp does not exist

I removed and reinstalled hplip.

Now the printer will only show as a USB connection and still doesn't work. The job appears as processing and then printer shows idle, but nothing happens.


As posted in question

Reinstalled the foomatic files on spec and all is well. It's still a mystery to me though.


I've been around this block a dozen times. It kept failing this time until I realized that you have to:

sudo hp-toolbox

so it has the permissions to install the driver.

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