# How to make a combined brother printer driver AUR package

## TODO

• Analyze differences of file trees between the two types
• Analyze differences of the installation processes between the two types

## Intro

Traditionally, Brother printers’ drivers are divided with cupswrapper and lpr. The Arch-Wiki gives the solution on how to package them. But there’s some printers, e.g. DCP-B7500D and HL-L2350DW, have a combined driver with different file tree. This article is to record how I package.

## Write PKGBUILD

Usually they have a common version 4.0.0

Just make your own adaptation to my PKGBUILD (adapted from Roman Schmocker’s brother-hll2350dw package):

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39  # Maintainer: ous50 pkgname=brother-dcpb7500d printerModel=DCPB7500D pkgver=4.0.0 pkgrel=1 pkgdesc="Printing driver for Brother DCP-B7500 printer" arch=("i686" "x86_64" "armv7l") //check the '/opt/brother/Printers/$printerModel/lpd' in the data.tar.gz url="https://support.brother.com/g/b/producttop.aspx?c=in&lang=en&prod=dcpb7500d_as_cn" license=("EULA") groups=("base-devel") depends=('cups' 'ghostscript') depends_x86_64=('lib32-glibc') install="$pkgname.install" source=( "https://download.brother.com/welcome/dlf103663/dcpb7500dpdrv-$pkgver-1.i386.deb" 'cupswrapper-license.txt' 'lpr-license.txt' ) md5sums=( "c5d5c7febae0eab6254cb7332f4038c0" '97ad0cffd216059e9d1d3121899d8646' '5e87a3dc0f3e3438c088eda0f3565f0d' ) package(){ tar xf data.tar.gz // If you use .deb as your source, you must use this to fully decompress. (Not tested on .rpm packages) cp -R "$srcdir/opt" "$pkgdir/opt" ln -s "/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/lpd/$CARCH/rawtobr3" "$pkgdir/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/lpd/rawtobr3" ln -s "/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/lpd/$CARCH/brprintconflsr3" "$pkgdir/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/lpd/brprintconflsr3" install -d "$pkgdir/usr/lib/cups/filter/" ln -s "/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/cupswrapper/lpdwrapper" "$pkgdir/usr/lib/cups/filter/brother_lpdwrapper_DCPB7500D" install -d "$pkgdir/usr/share/cups/model/" ln -s "/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/cupswrapper/brother-DCPB7500D-cups-en.ppd" "$pkgdir/usr/share/cups/model" install -Dm644 "$srcdir/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/LICENSE_ENG.txt" "$pkgdir/usr/share/licenses/$pkgname/LICENSE_ENG.txt" install -Dm644 "$srcdir/opt/brother/Printers/DCPB7500D/LICENSE_JPN.txt" "$pkgdir/usr/share/licenses/\$pkgname/LICENSE_JPN.txt" } 

Remember to get ‘cupswrapper-license.txt’ and ’lpr-license.txt’ or just delete them from source

For better notice of user installation, you could write a xxx.install file to help(in my case the filename is brother-dcpb7500d.install):

 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  post_install() { post_upgrade; } post_upgrade() { echo "Restart CUPS service to load the new files" echo "You can now register your new printer using the web interface at:" echo " http://localhost:631/" } 

## Test installation and upload

After you have saved the PKGBUILD, do a test installation:

 1  makepkg -rcsi 

restart cups.service after installation and go to check if your model has shown in the list:

If it’s shown, then you could upload it to AUR

### Tips:

In settings you might see an error like:

 1  Failed to search for a recommended driver: 'The name org.fedoraproject.Config.Printing was not provided by any .service files' 

In this case you need to install system-config-printer package:

 1  sudo pacman -S system-config-printer 

## Thanks

Many thanks to Roman Schmocker. Without you it would be much harder to finish my AUR package and of course, this blog.

Thanks Arch-Wiki contributors for good documentations.

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