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Old 13th August 2010
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Default Firefox / Thunderbird not seeing CUPS printers 8.1-release

I'm running 8.1-release on my laptop, using KDE4 as my wm. I have CUPS set up with one network printer that works fine from konqueror or any other KDE application. However, neither Firefox nor Thunderbird recognize the printer. Those two applications both only give me the option of printing to file.

I read one suggestion in a Linux forum of building the latest Thunderbird from source, which I just did (3.0.6). This did not solve the problem. Previous to building this I also installed print/kdeutils4-printer-applet but that didn't make any difference either. I have cupsd set to start on boot and it works fine from everything but firefox or thunderbird.

Any ideas?
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that reminds me the situation when the gtk wasn't compilled within support for CUPS. This is the section of Makefile for gtk2:

.if (defined(WITH_CUPS) || exists(${LOCALBASE}/lib/libcups.so)) && \
LIB_DEPENDS+=	cups.2:${PORTSDIR}/print/cups-client
PLIST_SUB+=	CUPS:="@comment "
Now the question how was that compilled if you are using packages not ports?

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Not recognizing the printers when you go to print? Firefox and Thunderbird have a configuration preference to select various printers.
File > Page Setup
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I rebuilt gtk20 and kdelibs4 (the second was a first guess before gtk20 was suggested). Now printers are showing up properly.
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