Every time I connect my computer to the network, I get a long list of network printers which I cannot use.

In this page: Disable Cups automatic remote printer detection (see comments), someone suggested disabling avahi-daemon. I would do it if I knew what the consequences of this on my system.

Is it safe to disable this network service and what are the consequences of doing this?

  • Did the cups method that post is actually about not do the trick? A restart would be needed but it's potentially a much more surgical approach.
    – Oli
    Sep 13, 2013 at 15:03
  • Browsing is set to Off in my default configuration file. As one user commented already, this method no longer works for recent CUPS versions.
    – To Do
    Sep 13, 2013 at 15:48

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I had the same problem, Ubuntu showed all printers in my job(about 50). I tried to disable dbus as suggested in this post, but i found out that when I tried to print something it took a considerable time to show any printers or preview. So I actually removed the avahi-daemon by

sudo apt remove avahi-daemon

It did the trick and at this point i haven't found any problems or faulty services/devices.

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