CUPS Dyesub Backends

This is my personal to-do list for printer-related tasks, encompassing both changes to Gutenprint ( and the CUPS backends (

IDTask TypeCategorySummaryStatusLast Edited
540TODOOther printersInvestigate Fuji ASK 2000/2500/4000 (aka Nidec Copal DP...New2018-01-27 Task Description

They are all related; The 4000 is an 8" version, and the 2000 is an older, slower version of the 2500, both 6" models.


All are rebadged versions of Nidec Copal printers -- ASK4000 == DPB-4000C1, ASK2500 == DPB-7000, ASK2000 == DPB-6000

539TODODNP/CitizenConsolidate CW-01 and DNP backendsNew2018-03-17 Task Description

There's a great deal of overlap; the main difference is the format of the print job. It may make sense to fold the CW-01 stuff into the DNP backend (including the spool format), but alternatively perhaps just a shared library?

538Feature RequestDNP/CitizenAdd support for DS80DXRequires testing2016-06-28 Task Description

It has all the joy of the DS80, but also supports sheet-fed simplex and duplex operation. It's a veritable mess to support cleanly.

537Feature RequestOther printersWrite backend for Shinko DP-1045 and Kodak D4000New2015-08-26 Task Description

They're the same thing, an 8" wide duplex printer. No support in Gutenprint yet.

 536 TODOCommon Code Consolidate Shinko backend code Closed2016-01-14 Task Description

Shinko S1245 and Kodak 68x0 (very closely related)

Shinko S2145
Shinko S6245
Shinko S6145 (sort of a special case due to the image library)

Kodak 605 (AKA Shinko S1545) (similar to S2145?)

And for those not yet written:

Brava 21 (AKA Shinko S6145!)
Kodak 8810 (AKA Shinko S1845) (similar to S6245?)
Kodak 70xx (AKA Shinko S1645)
Kodak D4000 (Aka Shinko DP-1045)

535Feature RequestOther printersWrite backend for Kodak 8810 and 7000/7010/7015New2016-09-08 Task Description

The 8810 is also known as a Shinko CHC-S1845-5A.

It appears closer to the S1245 mechanically, but S6245 programically.

The 7000/7010/7015 models are Shinko CHC-S1645-5A/5B/5C, respectively.

Probably not worth wasting any time on unless someone steps up with docs and hardware.

 534 Feature RequestOther printers Write backend for S6145 Closed2015-12-06 Task Description

This is a sibling of the Mitsu D70 family, but differing in that it uses Shinko's own protocol that's similar to the other Shinko models.

It will need its own backend; however the backend needs to deal with color scaling/dithering. I have binary x86/x86_64 libraries that implement this algorithm, but that is not acceptible for use with GPL code.

533TODOShinko CHC-S6245Verify support for S6245Requires testing2016-08-24 Task Description

Code complete, but needs testing.

 532 TODOShinko CHC-S1245 Verify support for S1245 Closed2018-01-27 Task Description

Code complete, but needs testing.

 531 Bug ReportMitsubishi CP-D70 family Mitsu K60 and Kodak305 don't work properly Closed2016-09-01 Task Description

There's something funky with the backend.

 530 Feature RequestMitsubishi CP-D70 family Reverse-engineer color scaling/dithering algorithm Closed2016-10-07 Task Description

Mitsubishi CP-D70, D707, K60, D80, and their siblings (Kodak 305, Fuji ASK300) all rely on the driver to dither/scale their output data based on an unknown algorithm.

Figure out what this is, so that these printers can be properly supported.

 529 Feature RequestOther printers Investigate Kodak 8800 Closed2016-10-18 Task Description

The 8800 seems to be related to the Kodak 9810

 528 Feature RequestMitsubishi CP-D70 family Investigate the CP-D80DW Closed2015-07-23 Task Description

At first blush it looks like the "professional" version of the K60DW-S with higher-speed operation.

Should be straightforward.

 526 Bug ReportCanon Selphy CP/ES CP900 not printing properly. Closed2014-10-30 Task Description

it prints the first page successfully, then keels over.

 525 Bug ReportMitsubishi CP-D70 family Output on CP-D70 is way too dark Closed2015-07-23 Task Description

This suggests we need to apply a correction curve to the raw 16-bit data sent to the printer.

Uncertain if user was using the ICC profile.

Unfortunately it'll probably take some careful analysis of printing calibration targets to come up with an appropriate correction factor.

 524 Feature RequestOther printers Figure out Mitsibishi CP-D9550's USB comms. Closed2015-07-23 Task Description

It looks like this printer needs a backend.

Also, the '-S' suffixed models probably use a different comms mechanism.

 523 Feature RequestCommon Code Proper media/ribbon status messages Closed2016-08-21 Task Description

CUPS has a standard reporting mechanism for attributes, including media/ribbon/etc levels. The general syntax is:

ATTR: foo=bar[,baz,etc]

There's also the notion of state that can be reported in a unified manner:

STATE: +media-empty [reasontext]
STATE: -media-empty


1) Altering backends to report media empty using this mechanism
2) Alter backends to report remaining media, if known, using this mechanism.

For further details:

 522 Feature RequestKodak 6800/6850 Better status reporting Closed2014-06-04 Task Description

Need to detect media type, number of remaining prints, error conditions, and whatever else is possible given our lack of documentation of the printer internals.

(Maybe decompiling the driver would help?)

521Feature RequestOther printersInvestigate HiTi 720L/750L and 510L/520L/525L, P310W an...New2018-02-02 Task Description

P310W is consumer model.

Rest are workhorse kiosk printers, it's currently the cheapest per-print, 300dpi.

Gutenprint seems to support no HiTi models at all.

Early investigation into these models shows that the spooler format is some sort of funky compressed format -- and the data actually sent to the printer is ratehr different.

So no progress will be made without direct access to one or more HiTi printers.

520Feature RequestOther printersInvestigate Sony UP-CR20L aka DNP SL-20Assigned2014-12-04 Task Description

Sony sold their printer line to DNP, which rebranded these two models.

Investigate their Spool format, and find out if they need an intelligent backend.

 519 TODOOther printers Investigate Mitsubishi CP-W5000 Closed2018-01-26 Task Description

The CP-W5000 is a duplex 8" model, apparenltly a rebadged Kodak D4000

 518 Feature RequestCanon Selphy CP/ES Recover from Error conditions (ES models) Closed2014-03-12 Task Description

There's a special command the driver sends to clear the printer's error state.

We know this for the CP-series, but none of the ES-series.

The backend supports this just fine now, but we don't know how the ES models recover.

 517 Feature RequestCommon Code Support multi-page print jobs Closed2014-01-20 Task Description

The backends should handle multi-page jobs by splitting it into individual prints. This is presumably handled by concatenating multiple spool files together...

The entire structure of the backends are designed around single-page operation.

Many of the backends are smart enough to tell when a page ends, but some aren't. Extend the backend core so that it can handle this when the backend supports it.

 512 Feature RequestDNP/Citizen Enhance DS40/DS80 backend Closed2013-12-17 Task Description

There's now a backend for the DS40/DS80 that will handle things like multiple copies and whatnot.

Verify it works with both a DS40 and an DS80.

Enhance it so it properly reads the printer status, buffer state, and whatnot to ensure we're good to submit a new print job.

 511 Feature RequestMitsubishi CP-D70 family Investigate the Mitsibishi CP-K60DW Closed2015-07-23 Task Description

Outwardly it appears nearly identical to the CP-D70DW. Spec-wise it seems the same (even using the same media!) except for a lower print speed.

Find out if it speaks the same spool file format.

 507 TODODNP/Citizen Get USB IDs for Citizen OP900/OP900II Closed2016-07-17 Task Description

DNP DS80 and Mitsu 3800 are rebadged Citizen CX-W models. (8" wide media)

The others use 6" wide media:

DNP DS40 is a rebadged Citizen CX.
DNP DS-RX1 is a rebadged Citizen CY.
The Citizen CW-02/OP900II are updated CW-01/OP900.

The CY and its derivatives don't support 6x9 prints, but otherwise all of these printers are identical from a software perspective.

With the additions of their USB IDs to the backend, they are expected to JustWork!

We have:
DNP DS40 / Citizen CX
DNP DS80 / Citizen CX-W / Mitsubishi CP-3800DW
DNP DSRX1 / Citizen CY

Citizen CW-01 and Citizen CW-02

We need:
Citizen OP900/OP900II

 506 TODOOther printers Verify support for Mitsubishi CP-9550 Closed2014-05-13 Task Description

Experimental support is present in Gutenprint, but it needs to be tested.

505TODOOther printersVerify support for Mitsubishi CP3020D/DA printersRequires testing2013-10-18 Task Description

Experimental support is in gutenprint, but this needs testing.

 504 TODOMitsubishi CP-D70 family Verify support for the Mitsubishi CP-D70x printers Closed2014-09-29 Task Description

I have initial backend code written, but no idea if it works.

502TODOOther printersVerify support for Kodak 8500 and 9810/8800.Requires testing2016-08-18 Task Description

The 8500 is a rebadged Mitsubishi CP3020, but the 9810 and 8800 is unique.

Both need sniffs to determine if they need an intelligent spooler.

 501 TODOOther printers Add support for various Mitsubishi printers Closed2013-10-18 Task Description

Specifically, the CP9810, CP70, CP707, CP9550 and CP3020-series.

Update: The CP9810 has a positive report, though the lamination and color curves are different than windows (as expected)

500TODOOther printersInvestigate Shinko S8145Assigned2015-08-26 Task Description

The S8145 is a fancy "silver foil" thingey with two print heads.

 499 Feature RequestCanon Selphy CP/ES Better error detection & handling Closed2014-01-30 Task Description

The remaining chunk of the patch set Ake Koomsin sent over considerably improves error detection, handling, and recovery from the CP-XXX handler. (The other models are TBD)

Wade through the patch set to make sure everything relevant is integrated.

(FWIW, this is a lot easier now that the backend is unified; it simplified the code quite a bit)

 498 TODOOther printers Add support for Kodak 605 Closed2013-07-20 Task Description

It's the replacement for the 68x0 family. Uses a slightly different spool format, so probably isn't directly compatible.

 497 TODOCommon Code Unify all backends into one. Closed2013-07-19 Task Description

We'll call it 'gutenprint+usb' or something like that, and it will handle all printers.

This means we'll have two independent invocation methods; when called via CUPS, we'll have a URI and will consequently know the spool format to match.

When called directly, we'll need to specify the printer type somehow (symlink and $0 detection?) and use that as a filter for printer format.

This has to be carefully planned. Sigh.

 495 TODOOther printers Investigate Sony UP-DR150 Closed2013-07-14 Task Description

We have a report of the UP-DR150 not working.

I'm working on obtaining sniffs so we can actually see what's going on. Maybe it'll need a backend too.

 494 Feature RequestCommon Code Improve detection to include printer status Closed2014-02-18 Task Description

When you have more than one printer in the system, how about ignoring the ones that are busy when trying to service a print job?

For printers that support multiple media types, it would be handy to be able to return which media the printer has loaded, so we
can more intelligently route print jobs.

This is probably beyond the scope of a CUPS backend, but may be handy for standalone operation.

Just a WIBNI.

 493 Feature RequestShinko CHC-S2145 Use 'unique string' in lieu of serial number Closed2013-07-25 Task Description

The Shinko S2145 doesn't return a serial number in its USB descriptor. Unfortunately this means there is no way to distinguish between multiple printers on a single system.

The printer does have a user-configurable string; the backend allows for this to be queried and set. Perhaps we could add the ability to use this string in lieu of the serial number?

 492 Feature RequestKodak 6800/6850 Add support for setting tone curves Closed2013-10-18 Task Description

The Kodak 6800 is supported by Kodak's "visual profiler" tool; get a USB sniff of what it does and use that to add support to the backend.

 491 TODOSony UR-DP150/200 Investigate Sony UP-DR200 Closed2014-02-03 Task Description

On the gutenprint mailing list, a user reported partial success using the UP-DP10 driver. They claimed it worked, except for the presence of margins.

No feedback yet if they had borderless turned on.

Investigate the windows spooler on this printer to see if the format is similar, and if so, just add an entry to gutenprint so we formally support this printer.

 490 TODOOther printers Investigate DNP-40/DNP-80 Closed2013-10-16 Task Description

On the gutenprint mailing list, there was a report of the DNP-40 not working properly. Initial investigation shows that gutenprint is generating radically different format from the windows spooler; this points towards the possibility of the windows spooler being intelligent-ish.

 489 Feature RequestShinko CHC-S2145 Update s2145 'read tone' command to return binary blob Closed2013-07-09 Task Description

The 'read tone' command returns formatted, human-readable output. Fix this to use a similar binary blob as the 'write tone' command expects.

 488 Feature RequestKodak 1400/805 Add support for setting tone curves Closed2013-10-18 Task Description

The raw format and command structure are already known. Add backend support for setting tone curves, not unlike what s2145 backend provides.

 487 TODOKodak 605 Verify support for Kodak 605 Closed2013-11-23 Task Description

The Kodak 605 is the successor of the 68x0 series. It uses a slightly different spool format.

If access to a '605 can be obtained, obtain a sniff and see about adding a backend.

 486 Feature RequestKodak 6800/6850 Add support for Kodak 6850 Closed2013-07-27 Task Description

The Kodak 6850 uses an identical spool format. Somehow obtain sniffs of the printing sequence and update the spooler as necessary.

 485 Feature RequestKodak 1400/805 Add support for the Kodak 805 Closed2013-07-18 Task Description

The 805 uses an identical spool format as the 1400, and is phyiscally an updated model.

Obtain a sniff of a print under Windows, and update the backend to work as appropriate, or write a new spooler if the format is radically different.

 484 Bug ReportCanon Selphy CP/ES CP-10 hangs after first print Closed2014-01-28 Task Description

Not sure why. Perhaps a USB sniff under Windows would be helpful.

 483 TODOCanon Selphy CP/ES Verify CP810 Closed2014-01-30 Task Description

CP810 is supported but untested.

 482 TODOCanon Selphy CP/ES Verify CP600 Closed2014-01-30 Task Description

CP600 is supported but untested

 481 TODOCanon Selphy CP/ES Verify CP530 Closed2014-01-30 Task Description

CP530 is supported but untested.

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