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Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Debian1

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 09:36

Hello,

on Debian 10.6 have the following issue


i am unable to install the proper drivers from EPSON for the ET-4750 Ecotank Printer.


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sudo dpkg -i eps*
Selecting previously unselected package epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2.
(Reading database ... 298415 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2_1.1.24-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2 (1.1.24-1lsb3.2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package epson-pc-fax.
Preparing to unpack epson-pc-fax_1.0.0-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking epson-pc-fax (1.0.0-1lsb3.2) ...
Selecting previously unselected package epson-printer-utility.
Preparing to unpack epson-printer-utility_1.1.1-1lsb3.2_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking epson-printer-utility (1.1.1-1lsb3.2) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2:
 epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2 depends on lsb (>= 3.2); however:
  Package lsb is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2 (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of epson-pc-fax:
 epson-pc-fax depends on lsb (>= 3.2); however:
  Package lsb is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package epson-pc-fax (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of epson-printer-utility:
 epson-printer-utility depends on lsb (>= 3.2); however:
  Package lsb is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package epson-printer-utility (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.28-10) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2
 epson-pc-fax
 epson-printer-utility



The package "LSB" seems obsolete in Debian, however is included in Ubuntu.
Therefore i am not able to install the proper drivers.

i could install the driver "printer-driver-escpr" but this would not allow me to add the driver correctly under Debian 10;
in GNOME the printer section is confusing to say the least;
adding the printer which is connected through USB would result in "Generic Text-Only Printer" but then would refuse to print claiming that the printer driver would need additional software.

previously the problem could be circumvented by installing "libpng12" package from Debian Jessie, and the LSB would install; afterwards the official printer driver would be installable. but this trick seems no longer achievable with Buster.


i am sure there are a lot of Ecotank Users out there and i'd be interested to know what the proper way to installing the Printer on Debian 10 is.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby brian_p » 2020-11-04 11:48

i am sure there are a lot of Ecotank Users out there and i'd be interested to know what the proper way to installing the Printer on Debian 10 is.


Epson non-free drivers are not required for printing and scanning, You would be better off with a wireless (or ethernet) connection and reading https://wiki.debian.org/CUPSDriverlessPrinting.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 11:51

thanks, but i am not using wireless printing.

gnome system printing however is not working properly, at least with my printer here and debian 10. sad, but true.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 11:53

yes, and i am using ethernet also as my printer has an ethernet connection, but the gnome thing seems to mess it all up, or maybe i am just doing it wrong.

anyway, it should be perfectly possible to install official driver package from epson without the need to resort to Ubuntu, but from what i understand, it is not.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby arochester » 2020-11-04 12:14

epson-inkjet-printer-escpr2, epson-pc-fax and epson-printer-utility do not seem to be native to Debian. Where did you get them from?

The Debian package, on Buster, is called printer-driver-escp
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 12:17

switchiing to KDE results in (when adding printer through KDE Printing Settings) "server-error-interal-error";

trying to register the printer in CUPS via localhost:631 results in "Unable to copy PPD file".


Well, i am willing to register the printer via CUPS if this is needed, but there should be a more easy route for users that are even less tech savvy than me (not that i am).


EDIT: those are packages from EPSON , you find them here

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/searc ... ch/?OSC=LX


Printer-Driver-Escp is installed, but still no easy printing.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby arochester » 2020-11-04 12:27

EDIT: those are packages from EPSON , you find them here

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/searc ... ch/?OSC=LX

...Shows nothing available...

(Is that a genuine Epson URL?)

Well, i am willing to register the printer via CUPS if this is needed, but there should be a more easy route for users that are even less tech savvy than me (not that i am).
Look at https://lescahiersdudebutant.arpinux.or ... ig-printer
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby brian_p » 2020-11-04 12:56

yes, and i am using ethernet also as my printer has an ethernet connection, but the gnome thing seems to mess it all up, or maybe i am just doing it wrong.


The link you have been given has at least three techniques to set up your printer without using the gnome thing. I'd use lpadmin.

anyway, it should be perfectly possible to install official driver package from epson without the need to resort to Ubuntu, but from what i understand, it is not.


Insisting on using these so-called "official" drivers means not taking advantage of modern developments in the Debian printing system.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 14:47

you need to include in the search field of the webpage the model , like "ET-4750"

http://download.ebz.epson.net/dsc/searc ... ch/?OSC=LX
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 15:03

well, for now i have solved by installing the driver for EPSON ET-4550 instead of ET-4750 , as the ET-4550 offers usable driver whereas the driver for ET-4750 is labeled "driverless"

Hopefully someone can get the LSB functionable on Debian so that it is possible to use the official drivers aswell.

thank you all.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby brian_p » 2020-11-04 15:23

well, for now i have solved by installing the driver for EPSON ET-4550 instead of ET-4750 , as the ET-4550 offers usable driver whereas the driver for ET-4750 is labeled "driverless"


Using driverless is the official, future-proof and supported way of operating this device on Debian.

Hopefully someone can get the LSB functionable on Debian so that it is possible to use the official drivers aswell.


It will not happen; I imagine the ET-4750 uses a non-free driver. You need to talk to Epson. There are good reasons why LSB is gone from Debian 10. Epson need to adapt.
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Re: Unable to install Printer Driver (Ecotank) - Epson - Deb

Postby mrkapqa » 2020-11-04 15:44

well, aslong as you keep it simple, i am ok with free drivers.
EPSON is really offering a nice support with there drivers, even raspberry pi and + is there to be found.


the state as it is now is simply unconceivable for a "normal" user - quality control needs to step.up -

simple things just work - but this was quite unnerving and certainly is no solution at all - just have circumevented all the errors that occured.
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