How to install a network HP printer on Arch linux

March 16, 2012 by
Filed under: linux, troubleshooting 

The printer package does not work as it should be on my arch for HP laser jet P2035n. It costs me some hour to get it to work. Here’s the steps.

1). Install cups service
pacman -S cups cups-pdf hplip pyqt3 python2-pyqt
pacman -S system-config-printer-gnome
rc.d cups start

2). To add device and install hp driver:
1. Run ‘hp-setup’ as root.
2. Click ‘Show Advanced Options’ button and check-enable ‘Manual Discovery’.
3. Enter IP address in the ‘…device ID…’ entry and click ‘Next’ to install driver.

3). run system-config-printer as root, to add printer

# system-config-printer
click “Add”, Select Device -> Network Printer -> input the IP address of the printer such as “”, click “Find” -> “Process”

If you encounter the following error:
File “/usr/share/system-config-printer/”, line 1531, in getNetworkPrinterMakeModel
debugprint (host + “: ” + args)
TypeError: cannot concatenate ‘str’ and ‘list’ objects

You should comment out the error line at 1531 of, and then continue to add the printer.

4). Finally, you can run hp-check to see what problems exists for the printer.

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