[Pkg-cups-devel] Bug#381266: cups-driverd hangs

Stuart Brady sdbrady at ntlworld.com
Tue Aug 22 11:19:03 UTC 2006

I had the same problem, but I've found a workaround for it.

I was initially using gnome-cups-manager -- it would freeze for over 15
minutes with cups-driverd and cupsys eating 100% CPU, before I even got
to see a list of printers.  I did also try the web interface -- it did
give me a list of printers, but failed to add anything.  (cups-driverd
was using 100% CPU.)

BTW, I've found what looks like the same problem reported at

It magically fixed itself after I removed the following symlink:

    /usr/share/ppd/cups-transitional-dir -> ../cups/model

(Note the symlink: /usr/share/cups/model/ppd -> /usr/share/ppd)

It might be necessary to rm -fr /var/cache/cups at the same time.

It now takes around ten seconds!

I had tried rm -fr /var/cache/cups first, and I also reinstalled cups,
but that didn't seem to have any effect.  (Actually, removing the cache
just seemed to make things slower.  cups-driverd ended up using 100 MB
either way, but it took a lot longer after removing the cache.)

Stuart Brady

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