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CUPS not running on boot (Ubuntu 10.04)

After the excitement of installing the new Ubuntu 10.04 to our test workstation. I’ve encountered this CUPS problem, the service is not automatically or faulty started  during the boot sequence. Even though I already fixed the problem, still have no clue what exactly causes it.

Here’s how:

1.  Reinstall cups package.

$> sudo apt-get install --reinstall cups

2.  Done.


18 responses to “CUPS not running on boot (Ubuntu 10.04)

  1. Emptythevoid May 25, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I had this same problem as well.

  2. Kris May 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Same Here, thanks for the fix

  3. Andy June 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Perfect. Thanks.

  4. Martin June 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks, this fixed it for me as well.

  5. Brian June 7, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    Wow this worked perfectly, thanks a lot!

  6. Tyler June 15, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Same problem, fix worked no problem. Still wondering why though…

  7. Dean June 20, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Thank You, So much.
    I have spent days (forum,Google,etc..) trying to fix this.

  8. Franko June 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I’ve tried same thing, but it didn’t work out.
    cups is dead, and can’t start it anymore.
    (Right after installation was working, but next day, nothing)

    • Paul August 30, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Franko,

      Ive got the same problem, CUPS on 10.04 is dead and remains dead whatever I do. Were you able to solve it?
      On Hardy it worked just fine.

  9. Jon Ward June 24, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Worked for me too.. But this has happened twice now… Off to the logs to investigate..

  10. Diggs July 5, 2010 at 3:50 am

    CUPS needs to be restarted after every boot. What’s with that? I’m getting quite disappointed in 10.04.

  11. Ondřej Hruška July 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Don’t be so happy, after reinstalling CUPS looks fine – printing works etc., but after reboot settings are gone again.

  12. vdkuil July 25, 2010 at 9:56 am

    You manually start cups right after you boot by entering
    sudo /etc/init.d/cups start

    I have the same problems with incron and postgresql not automatically starting.

  13. Joao Teixeira August 1, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Fix for me from https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/upstart/+bug/500520/comments/8
    For some reason i didn’t have loopback interface defined in:

    So i’ve done:
    sudo vim /etc/network/interfaces

    and added:
    auto lo
    iface lo inet loopback

  14. Julio Ribeiro August 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Well done, now works.


  15. David Kofoed Wind April 2, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Helped me with finding my printer on Ubuntu 11.04.

  16. Eric Brackenbury April 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    There is a simple solution to this when it happens with gutenprint in gimp.

    Rename the dot gimp folder as .gimp.2.6-OLD
    Then restart Gimp and the problem is gone.

    The OS is not the issue as i discovered by inventing a new user and printing successfully from gimp-gutenprint in there.

    Hope it works for someone
    Eric B

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