I was following these instructions to install canon mp495 network printer on ubuntu 14.04. Those instructions did not work, so I went back to manually install it via the printers setting in ubuntu's system setting. However, there is no printers option anymore. It is simply disappeared.

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What has happened and how can I get it back?

  • Is cupsinstalled and working? What does ps aux | grep cups provide? And sudo service cups status? Try sudo service cups restart. Feb 14 '16 at 17:57
  • Yes, it is running. cups start/running, process 2934 . I restarted it, but didn't help.
    – CentAu
    Feb 14 '16 at 17:59
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    Can you verify that system-config-printer-gnome is installed? Feb 14 '16 at 18:04
  • Ah, that was the problem. It was unisnstalled for some reason. Reinstalling system-config-printer-gnome solved the problem. Thanks! Feel free to add the answer.
    – CentAu
    Feb 14 '16 at 18:06

Please verify if system-config-printer-gnome is installed. It provides the config-gui you are missing.

By standard you can access your cupsbackend also via http://localhost:631/admin

  • Thank you! Any reason why system-config-printer-gnome could have disappeared?
    – Nahuel
    Aug 22 '17 at 17:55
  • Did you uninstall pip by any chance?
    – Benny
    Dec 28 '18 at 10:40

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