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I have this problem too on all Lion machines. Somehow Apple did not set up the cups system correctly. In /var/log/system.log you will find error messages like "xpchelper[6719]: Could not get real path of user account (uid: 26) home directory: /var/spool/cups; error: The operation couldn’t be completed. Permission denied. Using home directory." uid 26 is user ...


The release notes for CUPS 1.5 mention that CUPS no longer supports the old ~/.cupsrc or ~/.lpoptions files from CUPS 1.1.x. The ~/.cups/client.conf and ~/.cups/lpoptions files that were introduced in CUPS 1.2 must now be used. Have you tried putting the line ServerName print-server into ~/.cups/client.conf?


/usr/libexec/cups/backend /usr/libexec/cups/filter ... etc Source: https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/Darwin/Reference/Manpages/man8/cups-deviced.8.html


Set up /etc/cups/client.conf correctly for your environment so that the cups printers display in the print config dialog. To get the queues to display in the applications as a choice, make each printer the default printer once. Distribute the resulting com.apple.print.favorites.plist to users with mcx or copy to ~/Library/Preferences It uses the PPDs on ...


I finally found a usable solution using convert from ImageMagick, the PDF services mentioned by nathang and Automator. Start Automator, create a new "Print Plugin" Drag the "run shell script" action to the right and enter the following script: export PATH=/opt/local/bin:/usr/local/bin:$PATH convert -size 400x50 xc:white -font Arial -pointsize 24 -gravity ...

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