Apple and CUPS

Hans Fugal hans at
Tue Apr 28 07:19:30 MDT 2009

Gabriel Gunderson wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 12:26 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
>> Add this line to Apple's cupsd.conf:
>> BrowseRemoteProtocols all
>> BrowseProtocols All
> I wanted to reply to this once I had a chance to revisit the topic and
> figure out what as going on.  Well, here I am!
> It turns out that it was a client-side cups misconfiguration issue.  I
> didn't expect that because it didn't work on my Ubuntu laptop.  So, it
> *must* have been the server ;)
> Well, Ubuntu or any other recently installed box running cups likely
> defaults BrowseRemoteProtocols to "dnssd" and older systems are
> usually set to "cups".  The server I'm using has CUPS 1.1 and its
> default (not stated in the config) is "cups".  All the new Macs in the
> office and my Ubuntu laptop default to "dnssd" (again, not explicitly
> stated in the config).  Older Macs have "cups" as a default and work
> out-of-the-box.
> It didn't help that the OFFICIAL docs state the following:
> The BrowseRemoteProtocols directive specifies the protocols to use
> when finding remote shared printers on the network. <snip/> The
> default is .
> All we did was add the "BrowseRemoteProtocols all" parameter to
> /etc/cups/cupsd.config.default and did a Printing-System-Reset" via
> the OSX GUI.  The fresh config picked up the new default and it was
> smooth sailing from there.
> BTW, setting the server to do dnssd was not an option as it doesn't
> look like it was supported back in 1.1.  Also, we didn't want to mess
> with the BrowseProtocols as it would add more noise to the growing
> list of printers already showing up on the network.  In fact, maybe I
> should have set it to "none".
> Thanks all for the help!

Thanks for the report, that will no doubt save my sanity sometime in the

Hans Fugal ;

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