Manual Build and Install Instructions for PCLinuxOS

Step 1: Installation Prerequisite Steps

View the current Release Notes for additional information on this release.


You will need root access to complete many of the steps while installing HPLIP. If you do not have root access contact your system admin for assistance.

Step 2: Install Dependency Packages

A. Open a terminal shell.

B. Update your apt repositories.

Enter this command:

sudo apt-get update

C. Install the required dependency packages.

Enter this command: (choose the appropriate command depending on your version)


su -c "apt-get install --yes libcups2 libcups2-devel libdbus-1_3-devel gcc-c++ ghostscript openssl libjpeg62-devel libnet-snmp10-devel glibc libtool libusb-devel make wget python-imaging PyQt4 dbus-python python-gobject libpython2.4-devel python python-reportlab sane-frontends libsane1-devel xsane"

Step 3: Download HPLIP


We recommend that you download the HPLIP tarball to your home or desktop directory.

A. Click here to Download the Regular Tarball

B. Go to the directory where you downloaded the HPLIP tarball.


cd ~/Desktop

C. Uncompress the tarball.

Enter this command:

tar xvfz hplip-3.12.6.tar.gz

This will create a directory with the same name as the tarball file.

D. Change your working directory to the hplip-3.12.6 directory.


cd hplip-3.12.6

Step 4: Configure HPLIP for installation

A. This step configures the development environment and checks that your system is ready to install HPLIP.

For specific information on using ./configure and the different options please go here. Also reference your distro documentation and configuration for additional information on which tags are relevant.

Enter this command (select the appropriate command depending on your system configuration):

32 bit distro users (most users will use this command):

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-hpppddir=/usr/share/ppd/HP --enable-qt4 --disable-hpcups-install --disable-cups-drv-install --disable-cups-ppd-install --enable-hpijs-install --enable-foomatic-drv-install --enable-foomatic-ppd-install --enable-foomatic-rip-hplip-install --enable-fax-build --enable-dbus-build --enable-network-build --enable-scan-build --disable-policykit --enable-libusb01_build --disable-udev_sysfs_rules

64 bit distro users:

./configure --prefix=/usr --with-hpppddir=/usr/share/ppd/HP --libdir=/usr/lib64 --enable-qt4 --disable-hpcups-install --disable-cups-drv-install --disable-cups-ppd-install --enable-hpijs-install --enable-foomatic-drv-install --enable-foomatic-ppd-install --enable-foomatic-rip-hplip-install --enable-fax-build --enable-dbus-build --enable-network-build --enable-scan-build --disable-policykit --enable-libusb01_build --disable-udev_sysfs_rules

Step 5: Run Make

A. This step will compile the HPLIP source.


You want to run make as a regular user, NOT as root.

Enter this command:


Step 6: Run Make Install

A. Run the symlink fix script.

sudo python ./installer/

Or to run the script manually run:

cat /installer/

B. This step will install HPLIP.

Enter this command:

sudo make install

Step 7: Post Installation Step(s)

A. Verify cups is configured correctly.

Enter this command:

su -c "kate /etc/cups/cupsd.conf"

Find the line:

"Group sys"

change to:

"Group lp"

Save and exit the file.

B. Change the permissions in the mandriva.perms file.

Enter this command:

su -c "kate /etc/security/console.perms.d/50-mandriva.perms"


<usb>=/dev/usb/dabusb* /dev/usb/mdc800* /dev/usb/rio500 /dev/ttyUSB* /proc/bus/usb/[0-9][0-9][0-9]/[0-9][0-9][0-9] dev/bus/usb/[0-9][0-9][0-9]/[0-9][0-9][0-9]


<usb>=/dev/usb/dabusb* /dev/usb/mdc800* /dev/usb/rio500 /dev/ttyUSB*

Save and exit the file.

C. If you are going to be setting up a printer with USB and the printer is already plugged in, you will need to do one of the following:

  1. Unlpug and re-plug in the USB printer, or
  2. Restart your PC.

Failure to do this will cause your USB printer to not be detected by HPLIP.

Step 8: Configuring your printer using hp-setup

Continue to hp-setup