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Old 22nd December 2014
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One oddity I found was that though CUPS said it was using the 2170W filter, I didn't find such a ppd
This is a little late. OpenPrinting is a CUPS supported web site that allows searching for *ppd by manufacturer/model. Compatible ppd's are under the advertisements.

For a 2170W.

For the Brother 2270DW, the generated ppd was empty and this was noted in the user comments below. Using this driver
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hpijs-pcl5e (driver home page)

HP's HPIJS driver - PPDs for compatible PCL-5e-based non-HP laser printers
Supplier: Hewlett-Packard
License: BSD (free software)

User support: HPLIP support and bug tracking system (voluntary)

Max. rendering resolution: 600x600dpi Only monochrome output Type: IJS
Text: |||||||||| 100 Graphics: |||||||||| 100 System Load: Unknown
Line Art: |||||||||| 100 Photo: |||||||||| 100 Speed: |||||||||| 70
Download: PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD
Worked perfectly for the 2270DW, including duplex.
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Old 22nd December 2014
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Yeah, openprinting.org saved my bacon too. The .ppd files that came on the CD-ROM with my printer were for PostScript printers, which my printer is not. At first I went to the manufacturer's website and got a .ppd for it there. But this one didn't pass the CUPS' cupstestppd program, and it also didn't work right. Then I dug into the Rube Goldberg machine jggimi referred to and made a kluge to get it working, but wasn't happy with it. Finally I found a good .ppd file on openprinting.org. I am still using CUPS with Linux, and foomatic direct on NetBSD.
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I didn't mention that in my overly long and numerous posts in this thread, but at some point, I did create the ppd using openprinting.org. That gave me the same result, failure to print with the filter failed or stopped message, I've forgotten which.
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Old 22nd December 2014
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Those PPD files on openprinting.org are generated using foomatic-db. Some people feel nervous about downloading random shit from the Internet when there is a package which actually creates PPD files.
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Old 23rd December 2014
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Some people feel nervous about downloading random shit from the Internet ...
It's a valid point. In my case the PPD from openprinting.org was a modification of the pxlmono.ppd that comes with ghostscript. The changes looked reasonable ... adding printer-specific options and such. So I decided to try it, and it worked. Yes, there was a risk vs. cost judgement in there.
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Old 26th December 2014
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My whole interest in this thread came from not being able to print with CUPS in FreeBSD. So.... just for fun and to avoid doing my exercise, I decided to see if CUPS would work with OpenBSD 5.6. Set it up, added the printer through the CUPS gui interface, foomatic-db offering my Brothers HL2170W. Went to print a test page, and it worked without problems.

So, somewhat ironically, CUPS seems to work adequately (again for my VERY simple needs) in OpenBSD for me. I did no testing outside of printing the test page though, which failed in FreeBSD.
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