Greetings. I am new to Linux and Ubuntu.

I have really tried to install our new printer. I have been working with these instructions from Brother: http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public_s/id/linux/en/instruction_prn3.html

Everything seems OK through Step 4. I do not understand Step 5. If I type /etc/printcap the response is permission denied. If I type: sudo /etc/printcap then the response is command not found.

I would be very grateful if someone could help me get this printer installed and working wirelessly.


You have to edit the file /etc/printcap, as described in step 5-2 of your link.

You can type:

sudo gedit /etc/printcap

If that command does not work, you can edit the file with the terminal editor nano (the easiest for beginners):

sudo nano /etc/printcap

And then edit the file as described in the manual.

  • The link says if CUPS is installed to use a different method. I suggest you follow that process instead. – chili555 Dec 17 '13 at 22:10
  • Yes, but the question is about step 5, editing the file. – chaos Dec 17 '13 at 22:11
  • Thank you chaos! That helped. Now, 5.3 does not work. – LightFoot Dec 17 '13 at 22:45
  • How would I know if CUPS is installed? – LightFoot Dec 17 '13 at 22:47
  • What's the error message? – chaos Dec 17 '13 at 22:52

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