Sharing a USB printer with IPP (internet printing protocol)?

fazineroso asked:

I have a small server (Linux 2.6.x) with one dedicated USB port only for printers. And I have been asked to configure a software to automatically share via IPP (Internet Printing Protocol) any printer connected to that port.

I need a really lightweight solution, as it’s a kind of an embedded server, so memory is not a luxury at all.


My answer:

Sorry, but CUPS is the only thing out there for Linux right now that supports what you said you want to do. Big or small, it’s all you’ve got – as far as software goes.

If you can’t use CUPS, go buy a cheap print server (or an expensive one) that supports IPP and plug the printer into that.

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