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I am trying to set-up a network printer on my system.

Navigated to System Setting>>Printing and viola the Add button out there is disabled.

When i troubleshooted using Help it said that the CUPS print spooler does not appear to be running. To correct this, choose System->Administration->Services from the main menu and look for 'cups' service.

Please tell me what to do in order to add a printer!

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When CUPS is not running the Printers panel looks like this on my Ubunbu 12.04:

enter image description here

Is this what you see?

About CUPS: Check whether CUPS is installed:

$ dpkg --list | grep ' cups '
ii  cups                1.5.3-0ubuntu4      Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - server

If you don't see any output install it:

$ sudo aptitude install cups

If it was already installed it may not be running, check it like this:

$ ps -ef|grep cups | grep -v grep
root       925     1  0 Oct17 ?        00:00:00 /usr/sbin/cupsd -F

If you don't see any output to the previous command it's not running. Start it like:

$ sudo service cups start
cups start/running, process 28562

Could you try it and post any problems?

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it gave the following output with first one>> ii cups-pk-helper PolicyKit helper to configure cups with fine-grained privileges – vipin8169 Oct 18 '12 at 9:41
OK, looks like you don't have CUPS installed, please install it with sudo aptitude install cups. – jaume Oct 18 '12 at 11:29
shouldn't it be sudo apt-get install cups – vipin8169 Oct 18 '12 at 11:39
aptitude works, sudo apt-get install cups is also OK. There are many posts on differences between aptitude and apt-get. They are pretty equivalent for installing/removing/searching but aptitude provides some more functionality, see…. – jaume Oct 18 '12 at 12:50
it says>> Unable to fetch some archives – vipin8169 Oct 19 '12 at 5:26

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