When trying to add my printer in a fresh install of 11.10 I get this error message. What does it mean, and what do I have to do? It worked fine in 11.04 (with hplip).

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This is a bug and this is a workaround.:

WORKAROUND: As an alternative to the printer configuration tool from the new GNOME Shell control center, you can still use system-config-printer. To open it, just press Alt+F2, type system-config-printer and press Enter.


I couldn't make sense of system-config-printer, but it turns out CUPS has a web-based UI which is automatically available via:


Just open that up, then

Administration-->Add Printer

it auto-detected a network printer for me, no problem.

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