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Getting HP Laser Jet Pro 200 color MFP working with Gentoo

Configuring a printer was never successful for me in the past. At one point, I was able to set it up on Slackware but when I did a test print, it came out either skewed or enlarged for some reasons. I couldn't figure out why it behaved that way, so I gave up.

Now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my kids are home-schooling and it had become unavoidable that I need to set up a printer on my Gentoo system. After struggling for close to a week, I finally found a way to configure it correctly and was able to print documents. For my future note, I've describe how to set it up on Gentoo.

The information in this site is the result of my researches in the Internet and of my experiences. This information below is solely used for my purpose and may not be suitable for others.

User and lp Group:

User need to be part of lp group to be able to print. If User needs to edit via cups web interface, he needs to be part of lpadmin. # gpasswd -a [USER] lp # gpasswd -a [USER] lpadmin

Configure cups:

cups need to be re-configed with zeroconf USE flag. # echo "net-print/cups zeroconf" > /etc/portage/package.use/cups # emerge --ask net-print/cups

Install hplip:

There is a Gentoo Wiki in HPLIP. To sum up, net-print/hplip needs to be installed with the snmp, static-ppds, hpijs and scanner USE flags.# echo "net-print/hplip snmp static-ppds hpijs scanner" > /etc/portage/package.use/hplip # emerge --ask net-print/hplip

Copy PPD:

PPD (PostScript Printer Description)is a file that describes the features and capabilities of the target printer. All PPD files are located in /usr/share/HP/ by default. They are gunzip'ed, so it needs to be decompressed and copied to /etc/cups/ppd/.

My printer is HP LaserJet Pro 200 color MFP M276nw. The closest PPD file I can file is hp-laserjet_200_colormfp_m276-ps.ppd.gz and that's the one I'm going to use. # cd /usr/share/ppd/HP/ # gunzip -d /usr/share/ppd/HP/hp-laserjet_200_colormfp_m276-ps.ppd.gz # cp -d hp-laserjet_200_colormfp_m276-ps.ppd /etc/cups/ppd/

Keyserver for gpg keys:

My printer needs a binary plugin for it to work according to HP's site. To install it, hp-plugin needs to be executed as a regular user with the -i option for the interactive mode.

However, it fails with error: Unable to recieve key from keyserver. This issue stumped me for a few days and I was almost about to give up installing the printer. Then I found a solution in a forum where it suggests to update one of python files with hard-coded keyserver name. Once the keyserver name was changed to something working, the installation of binary plugin went successfully.# nvim /usr/share/hplip/base/validation.py ========== ... class GPG_Verification(DigiSign_Verification): def __init__(self, pgp_site = 'pgp.mit.edu', key = 0x...) Change above where it says "pgp.mit.edu" to something working. For me, changing it to "ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net" worked. def __init__(self, pgp_site = 'ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net', key = 0x...) ... $ hp-plugin -i ... Done.

CUPS and HTTP Interface:

I tried many ways to install my printer from hp-setup with GUI and command line options but they all failed at the end, saying something like "No device found that support this feature." or "No installed printers found (or) Invalid printer device selected".

I stumbled again...

Then, I remembered that CUPS has HTTP Interface where you can add and manage printers. I was a bit skeptical about this but tried anyway.

  1. Start CUPS daemon and make it persistent after each reboot:# rc-service cupsd start # rc-update add cupsd default
  2. Go to http://localhost:631/ in a browser
  3. Go to "Administration" and click on "Add Printer"
  4. Choose "HP LaserJet 200 colorMFP M276nw (HP LaserJet 200 colorMFP M276nw)" and continue
  5. Make sure the connection is set to socket://[ip_address]|HP LaserJet 200 colorMFP M276nw and continue again
  6. Choose the correct model and also click on "Choose File" for PPD File
  7. Select the PPD file copied to /etc/cups/ppd/ and click on "Add printer"
  8. Click on "Set Default Options"
  9. Choose "Print Test Page" option from the "Maintenance" menu

If everything goes well, it starts printing a test page. If it fails for some reasons, I'd delete the printer at the step 4 and choose something else and repeat until it works.

That's all!

Rip Music CD to flac, and More

Here is a list of commands to rip music CDs to flac, convert to mp3, and create a music CD.

The information in this site is the result of my researches in the Internet and of my experiences. This information below is solely used for my purpose and may not be suitable for others.

Ripping Music CD to flac:

# emerge --ask media-sound/abcde $ cp /etc/abcde.conf ~/.abcde.conf $ cp ~/.abcde.conf ========== ... FLACENCODERSYNTAX=flac FLACOPTS='-s -e -V -8' OUTPUTTYPE=flac ... $ abcde -o flac

Convert flac to mp3:

Here is a script or command line to convert flac files to mp3 using ffmpeg.$ for a in ./*.flac; do > < /dev/null ffmpeg -i "$a" -qscale:a 0 "${a[@]/%flac/mp3}" > done

Create Music CD:

To create a music CD from command line, we need a bit of preparation. If you need to normalize the volume of output files, you'd need to install media-sound/normalize.# emerge --ask media-sound/normalize

This will convert all files in the current directory to .wav files. I usually copy needed flac or mp3 files to /tmp and run these commands.$ for i in $( ls ); do ffmpeg -i $i $i.wav; done $ normalize -m *.wav $ cdrecord -v -fix -eject dev='/dev/sr0' -audio -pad *.wav

  • -i INPUT: INPUT file(s)

  • -m: Enable mix mode
  • (-b: Enable batch mode)

  • -v: Increment the level of general verbosity by one
  • -fix: The disk will only be fixated
  • -eject: Eject disk after doing the work
  • dev=TARGET:Set the SCSI TARGET for the CD/DVD/Blu‐Ray-recorder
  • -audio: All subsequent tracks are written in CD-DA audio format
  • -pad: If the track is a data track, 15 sectors of zeroed data will be added to the end of this and each subsequent data track.

In case file names contain spaces, replace them with "_" (or something valid) before executing above commands.$ for f in *; do mv "$f" `echo $f | tr ' ' '_'`; done

That's all!

LAMP Stack on Gentoo Linux

There aren't many sites showing how to configure LAMP (Linux, Apache, MariaDB, PHP) stack on Gentoo. Since I'm new to Gentoo and in need of configuring LAMP stack, I compiled the steps.

The information in this site is the result of my researches in the Internet and of my experiences. This information below is solely used for my purpose and may not be suitable for others.


Web Server. Install apache with the threads support.# echo "www-servers/apache threads" > /etc/portage/package.use/apache # emerge --ask www-servers/apache

Then, enable global apache2 support for other applications.# nvim /etc/portage/make.conf ========== .... USE="... apache2"

Once the USE variable in /etc/portage/make.conf is modified, update the system so the changes take effect.# emerge --ask --changed-use --deep @world

Start the apache2 process and make it so that it automatically restarts after each reboot.# /etc/init.d/apache2 start # rc-update add apache2 default

Apache - Virtual Hosts

Apache Virtual Hosts allows to run multiple instances of websites using a single IP address. This is a good option for me when I work on a few websites at the same time. Create a conf file under /etc/apache2/vhosts.d/.# nvim /etc/apache2/vhosts.d/vhosts.conf ========== <VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin email@localhost DocumentRoot /home/ubyt3m3/www/site1 ServerName site1 ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/site1.err CustomLog /var/log/apache2/site1.log combined <Directory "/home/ubyt3m3/www/site1"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost> <VirtualHost *:80> ServerAdmin email@localhost DocumentRoot /home/ubyt3m3/www/site2 ServerName site2 ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/site2.err CustomLog /var/log/apache2/site2.log combined <Directory "/home/ubyt3m3/www/site2"> Options Indexes FollowSymLinks AllowOverride None Require all granted </Directory> </VirtualHost>

Restart the apache2 process to reload the config file(s).# /etc/init.d/apache2 reload

Maria DB

MariaDB is a community-developed, open source relational database management system (RDBMS). It's a fork from MySQL which's owned by Oracle. # emerge --ask dev-db/mariadb

Auto start mysql after each reboot. # rc-update add mysql default

Now, it's time to configure MariaDB. With Gentoo, this can be done with emerge --config. # emerge --config dev-db/mariadb

This will create a database and set permissions. You will set a root password during this process.

Start the mysql process.# rc-service mysql start


Set USE flags for PHP and install it.# echo "dev-lang/php cgi cjk curl exif gd mysql mysqli pdo postgres threads xslt" > /etc/portage/package.use/php # emerge --ask dev-lang/php

Then, configure apache for PHP by updating /etc/conf.d/apache2.# nvim /etc/conf.d/apache2 ========== ... APACHE2_OPTS="... -D PHP" ...

Restart the apache2 process.# /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Verify if PHP works with Apache$ nvim /home/ubyt3m3/www/site1/index.php ========== <html> <body> <?php phpinfo(); ?> </body> </html>

It works!

Troubleshooting 403 Fobidden Error

If the steps are followed, it's not the types of errors you get, but it's good to know how to approach when it happens.

  • Check to see if the directory and file permissions are properly set.

    Directory: 0755
    File: 0644

  • The default directory index page is there. It is defined in the DirectoryIndex directive in apache's config file.

    DirectoryIndex index.php index.html

  • Make sure the correct directory permissions are set in the Directory directive in the apache's config file.

    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks
    AllowOverride None
    Require all granted

  • Check the error file for some hints.

    tail -f [path_to_apache_error_file]

That's all!

Working with rxvt-unicode

I've been using rxvt-unicode (urxvt) since the Openbox days. I like it because it's lightweight and highly configurable. Best of all, it's Desktop Environment independent, unlike Konsole for KDE and GNOME Terminal for GNOME.

When I switched the distro from Slackware to Gentoo on my main workstation, I revisited its configuration and started fiddling. I learned quite a lot of things that I didn't know how to do or cared about back then.

The information in this site is the result of my researches in the Internet and of my experiences. This information below is solely used for my purpose and may not be suitable for others.

Configuration File

Configuration of urxvt is done through ~/.Xresources. The details of the file can be referenced in Arch wiki. I didn't know this but you can include sub files for different applications in this file, like you'd do in many programming files.# cat ~/.Xresources ========================================== #include ".config/urxvt" #include ".config/xterm" ...But, I have the config only for urxvt so I didn't want to do this.


I used to have problems setting fonts properly in urxvt and it was a tedious process. When I updated the file, I logged out and back in to see the changes reflected because I didn't know other ways to let the changes have effect. But it's no more. There is a way to load the file without logging out/in. # xrdb ~/.Xresources

That's it. If there is an error in .Xresources, it'll mention in its output though messages can be sometime cryptic.

Also, there is a way to test if specified font(s) is correct by running the following command: # urxvt -fn "xft:Inconsolata:size=13"

This opens up a new urxvt terminal with specified font type and size. That's how I test a font before I put it in the config file.

That's all!

Getting Sound (ALSA) Working on Gentoo

I don't think this is limited to only Gentoo setup, but the sound isn't working after the installation. These are the steps I took to get my sound cards recognized by ALSA and got it working.

I use ALSA instead of PulseAudio with no particular reasonings. Some say ALSA is better or vice-versa, but I'm using it since I'm just used to.

I had a suspicion that the sound might not work after the installation. I ran alsamixer to test if my suspicion was right. Well, there was no alsamixer, so I installed media-sound/alsa-utils.# emerge --ask media-sound/alsa-utils

When alsamixer was executed, it returned the following error message as I suspected.$ alsamixer cannot open mixer: No such file or directory

The system recognizes its hardware and the driver seems to be installed but ALSA didn't see them.# lspci -k | grep -iA2 audio 00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel -- 01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation GF106 High Definition Audio Controller (rev a1) Subsystem: eVga.com. Corp. GeForce GTS 450 Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel

But, ALSA didn't seem to recognize those sound cards.# cat /proc/asound/cards --- no soundcards ---

I google'd around and found that the HD-audio component consists of two parts, the driver (which I seem to have installed) and codec from the Linux Kernel site as well as some Gentoo forum posts.# dmsg | grep -i codec [ 1.626139] snd_hda_intel 0000:01:00.1: no codecs found!

Yup, I don't have codecs installed. I google'd again and found that conexant for my audio device. So, I searched that codec name in the kernel config file.# grep -i conexant /usr/src/linux/.config CONFIG_SND_HDA_CODEC_CONEXANT=n

I enabled the kernel options following by ALSA in Gentto Wiki, including SND_HDA_CODEC_CONEXANT, and rebuilt the kernel.# cd /usr/src/linux # make menuconfig # make && make modules_install # make install # shudown -r now

After the reboot, kernel version should be incremented/updated.# uname -v #3 SMP Thu Feb 13 14:46:50 EST

Codecs are now installed.# dmesg | grep -i codec [ 1.254990] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: ALC888: SKU not ready 0x411111f0 [ 1.255697] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: autoconfig for ALC888: line_outs=4 (0x14/0x15/0x16/0x17/0x0) type:line [ 1.255879] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: speaker_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.256057] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: hp_outs=1 (0x1b/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.256231] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: mono: mono_out=0x0 [ 1.256361] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: dig-out=0x11/0x1e [ 1.256491] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: inputs: [ 1.256623] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: Front Mic=0x19 [ 1.256768] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: Rear Mic=0x18 [ 1.256863] snd_hda_codec_realtek hdaudioC0D0: Line=0x1c [ 1.514180] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D0: autoconfig for Generic: line_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) type:line [ 1.514376] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D0: speaker_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.514544] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D0: hp_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.514727] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D0: mono: mono_out=0x0 [ 1.514829] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D0: dig-out=0x5/0x0 [ 1.514967] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D0: inputs: [ 1.561175] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D1: autoconfig for Generic: line_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) type:line [ 1.561370] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D1: speaker_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.561554] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D1: hp_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.561738] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D1: mono: mono_out=0x0 [ 1.561833] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D1: dig-out=0x5/0x0 [ 1.561962] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D1: inputs: [ 1.600184] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D2: autoconfig for Generic: line_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) type:line [ 1.600378] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D2: speaker_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.600563] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D2: hp_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.600745] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D2: mono: mono_out=0x0 [ 1.600882] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D2: dig-out=0x5/0x0 [ 1.601018] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D2: inputs: [ 1.638124] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D3: autoconfig for Generic: line_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) type:line [ 1.638271] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D3: speaker_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.638411] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D3: hp_outs=0 (0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0/0x0) [ 1.638551] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D3: mono: mono_out=0x0 [ 1.638690] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D3: dig-out=0x5/0x0 [ 1.638822] snd_hda_codec_generic hdaudioC1D3: inputs:

/proc/asound/cards which showed "--- no soundcards ---" now shows found sound cards.# cat /proc/asound/cards 0 [SB ]: HDA-Intel - HDA ATI SB HDA ATI SB at 0xfbff4000 irq 16 1 [NVidia ]: HDA-Intel - HDA NVidia HDA NVidia at 0xfe97c000 irq 19

Yes, ALSA now sees the sound cards. I checked with alsamixer and it seems to be working fine. alsamixer

When I tested with aplay, I heard a noise from my speaker! I now confirmed that the sound is working on my Gentoo.# aplay < /dev/urandom

That's all!