My Apple LaserWriter IIG CUPS printing:

Jan/Feb 2006:
I spent a week or so off and on trying one thing after another before I finally this it all together. is the place to start but is not enough for the LaserWriter IIg.
Ubuntu CUPS is great if you have a printer with a 'simple' name which is attached to a host with an ip address or to which you can assign an ip address.
The Apple LaserWriter is on my ip network using the AppleTalk to cat5 dongle.  You cannot give the LW an ip address.

Ubuntu 5.10 Breezy Badger default installation:
Install netatalk and cups
  Edit /etc/apt/sources.list to allow Breezy universe
  sudo apt-get update (this will make netatalk and associated files available to the package manager)
  then sudo apt-get install netatalk
Start atalkd
Start cups (sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys start (start | stop | restart)

(Use nbplkup to get printer name)
My Printer Name: B/W Apple LW IIG
For the URI the URL code for a space is %20 and a forward slash (/) is %2F so B/W Apple LW IIG becomes B%2FW%20Apple%20LW%20IIG

Download from
or, for convenience, here:

As root install as /usr/lib/cups/backend/pap; make pap executable.
Put /usr/lib/cups/backend (location of pap) in PATH
(/usr/bin (location of nbplkup) is already in PATH)

Create or modify /etc/cups/printers.conf as:  (note: no host in the URI)
# Printer configuration file for CUPS v1.1.23
# Written by cupsd on Mon 06 Feb 2006 12:19:54 PM AKST
<DefaultPrinter LaserWriter-IIg>
Info LaserWriter-IIg
DeviceURI pap://B%2FW%20Apple%20LW%20IIG
State Idle
Accepting Yes
JobSheets none none
QuotaPeriod 0
PageLimit 0
KLimit 0

uncomment AuthType Basic and AuthClass System in order to use the web interface: http://localhost:631/
uncomment 'debug' to get more info in the log (if necessary).  The printer log is /var/log/cups/error_log
uncomment or create: Listen

Restart cups

Somewhere along the line I also did the following (but I'm not sure if it is necessary):
/etc/netatalk/papd.conf has:

PS: This did work at one time, then the printer was ignored so I just set a Windows 2000 machine (which has Apple Talk) to share the printer and as long as that machine is 'on', printing from Ubuntu works just fine.  The Mac on the network (in another room) goes to sleep so it's not a good candidate for sharing a printer.

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