Introduction to Gimp-Print

The Gimp-Print package contains high quality drivers for Canon, Epson, Lexmark and PCL printers for use with ESP Ghostscript-8.15.2, CUPS-1.2.7, Foomatic, LPRng-3.8.28, lpr and the GIMP-1.2. See a list of supported printers at

Package Information

Gimp-Print Dependencies


CUPS-1.2.7, Foomatic, IJS, teTeX-3.0, DocBook-utils-0.6.14 and ESP Ghostscript-8.15.2 or AFPL Ghostscript-8.53

User Notes:

Installation of Gimp-Print

Install Gimp-Print by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-testpattern --enable-test &&

To test the results, issue make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--with-testpattern: This parameter causes the test pattern generator program to be built.

--enable-test: This parameter causes the programs required by the test suite to be built.

--with-translated-ppds=no: When this switch is given, only US English PPD files for CUPS will be built. Useful if the PPD files are not yet translated into your native language and you want to save some space by not installing unneeded translations.

--enable-cups-level3-ps: This option causes the build process to generate PostScript level 3 PPD files instead of level 2 ones.

Configuring Gimp-Print

Configuration Information

For CUPS to see newly installed PPD files, it has to be restarted (as the root user):

/etc/rc.d/init.d/cups restart


This command may take a very long time (up to 10 minutes) to complete. Don't panic while CUPS is rescanning the list of PPD files. The long delay will happen only once.

Then point your web browser to http://localhost:631/ to add a new printer to CUPS.


Installed Programs: cups-calibrate, escputil, gimpprint-config, ijsgimpprint, and testpattern
Installed Libraries: libgimpprint.{so,a} and optionally, various CUPS filters and backend drivers
Installed Directories: /usr/include/gimp-print, /usr/lib/gimp, /usr/share/cups/model/C, and /usr/share/gimp-print

Short Descriptions


calibrates the color output of printers using the Gimp-Print, CUPS or ESP Print Pro drivers.


is a command line utility to perform various maintenance tasks on Epson Stylus inkjet printers.


is a script to get information about the installed version of Gimp-Print.


is a Ghostscript driver for Gimp-Print.

Last updated on 2007-01-15 17:25:53 -0600