2018, elementary OS 5.0 Juno and trying to get a bloody networked printer to work is still a pain in the ass.

elementary keeps trying to auto-find printers and after removing them manually, they pop back up. Even after installing Xerox' Linux drivers, I still couldn't print.

I had to edit CUPS to work without signing in so I could use the web config to manually add the printer, picking 1 of 3 entries it found for the same one, and search for a "ppd" compiled postscript driver before it worked.


And after printing a test page via the cups web interface, when I go to the printer in "Printers", it shows the printer as Disabled. I assume because it's in sleep mode?

What even is this mess?

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