Some time ago I bought a Brother MFC-5490CN printer knowing that Brother provides Linux drivers for this device. Since I’m using mostly FreeBSD systems I spent some time to get that printer running on my systems. Finally I did it. Here’s how I did this:
First you need to ensure that you have print/a2ps-a4, print/a2ps-letter installed.
Then download the filter drivers for Linux from Brother. I used the .deb-Archives and extracted them to a temporary directory.
The Linux driver is installed under /usr/local, but I don’t liked that so I created a separate directory in the opt-tree.
mkdir -p /opt/brother/mfc5490cn
And copied the two important directories from the Linux drivers over to that directory. These are the lpd and inf directories in the data part of the .deb-Archive.
cp -R /tmp/brmfc5490cn/data/lpd /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/ cp -R /tmp/brmfc5490cn/data/inf /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/
Since I changed the paths to these files I had to change these within the filter driver. Edit /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/lpd/filtermfc5490cn and change the BR_PRT_PATH variable to:
Then you need to edit the /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/lpd/psconvertij2 file, since there is a ambiguous sed command. You need to find the line saying:
RESOLUTION=`sed -n '/\<Resolution/p' $RC_FILE`
And change it to:
RESOLUTION=`sed -n '/^Resolution/p' $RC_FILE`
In my case I also had to change the /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/inf/brmfc5490cnrc file to make the printer use A4 instead of Letter format. Change the line:
Finally You just need to setup your /etc/printcap. Just paste the following lines and change the hostname in the rm line:
mfc5490cn:\ :mx=0:\ :sd=/var/spool/lpd/mfc5490cn:\ :sh:\ :rm=gutenberg:\ :rp=lp:\ :if=/opt/brother/mfc5490cn/lpd/filtermfc5490cn:\ # :lf=/var/log/spool.log:
If you run into trouble just set the lf line active and run the following commands:
touch /var/log/spool.log chown daemon:wheel /var/log/spool.log
If you need more output from the filter just write a set -x line in the /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/lpd/filtermfc5490cn and /opt/brother/mfc5490cn/lpd/psconvertij2 files. The output will be logged to the spool.log.