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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 hplip-3.12.9.run under Debian Linux 6.0.5 amd64 bit?

This is a well known problem as installer need cupsext.so file which is installed at /usr/lib/pymodules/python2.6/cupsext.so or /usr/lib/python2.6/dist-packages/cupsext.so 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 hplip-3.12.9.run
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 October 1, 2012, 10:18 am

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

  • Jonathon October 8, 2012, 6:35 am

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

  • moaz refatver October 21, 2012, 10:52 am

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

  • dani July 15, 2014, 5:30 am

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

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