Linux: warning: CUPSEXT could not be loaded. Please check HPLIP installation.

I‘m trying to install latest version of Hewlett-Packard’s Linux Imaging and Printing software (HPLIP) for my office jet printer. In order to install latest version of HPLIP I removed the hplip-gui, hplip, hplip-cups, hplip-data, hpijs, and hpijs-ppds Debian Linux packages However, I’m getting the following error:

Debian warning: CUPSEXT could not be loaded. Please check HPLIP installation.

How do I fix this error while installing under Debian Linux 6.0.5 amd64 bit?

Tutorial details
Difficulty Easy (rss)
Root privileges Yes
Requirements HPLIP v3.12.9+
Time N/A
This is a well known problem as installer need file which is installed at /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/ or /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/ location. This file is part of HPLIP package version 3.10.6 under Debian Linux v6.0.5 (squeeze stable). So to fix this problem install the following packages:
$ sudo apt-get install hplip-gui hplip hplip-cups hplip-data hpijs hpijs-ppds
Once installed run HPLIP installer:
$ bash
Select automatic installation mode and when prompted as follows select overwrite
HPLIP-3.10.6 exists, this may conflict with the new one being installed.
Do you want to ('i'= Remove and Install, 'o'= Overwrite*, 'q'= Quit)?	: o

This will overwrite existing HPLIP with the latest version.


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4 comments… add one
  • nicolas Oct 1, 2012 @ 10:18

    Thanks a lot for this !
    3 hours of research and 5 minutes of manipulations…
    (sorry for mistakes…)

  • Jonathon Oct 8, 2012 @ 6:35

    Thank you! Being new to Linux/Ubuntu, I’m finding these sites all the more helpful for solving these problems. Cheers!

  • moaz refatver Oct 21, 2012 @ 10:52

    thank you very much ,, this website is awesome , helpful which always i find there the solutions

  • dani Jul 15, 2014 @ 5:30

    Unfortunately this did not resolved my problem I still encounter the same problem and i still could not print.

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