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This document covers the installation of a Brother network printer . It covers only the networked installation taking the DCP-750CW as an example. It may be applied to other network printer of Brother.

Before starting the installation process, you are advised to read this page and the Printing page in their entirety.


After having applied this guide to your printer, please update the following table :

Printer model Architecture Gentoo configuration Works? Remarks
DCP-750CW X86_64 64 bits gnome3.8 systemd Yes No remark


rpm installer

As the drivers are available from Brother as .rpm file. You need to have the rpm package installed.

root #emerge -av rpm


You also need cups installed

root #emerge -av cups


Downloading the driver from Brother

The drivers for Brother printers are available at Brother solutions' web page. Search for you model name by clicking Printer driver in the Download box. After having chosen your model you will be presented four drivers for download. Please download the two ones ending in .rpm that are LPR driver and cupswrapper driver.

Installing the drivers

Installing the drivers may be a multiple steps process as some needed directories may appears missing on your Gentoo installation. To install a driver change to the directory where you downloaded the .rpm files. Then issue the following command to visualize the filenames.

root #ls -a
.  ..  dcp750cwcupswrapper-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm  dcp750cwlpr-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm

Of course the driver names may change according to your model's name. Using the previous command will allow you to copy and paste the filenames in the rpm command to avoid typos when entering them.

First install the ...cupswrapper... driver:

root # rpm -i --nodeps dcp750cwcupswrapper-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm

You may be told that some directories are missing. In this case, try to add the missing directories by hand and re-install the driver with this command:

root # rpm -i --nodeps --replacepkgs dcp750cwcupswrapper-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm
Do not forget the --replacepkgs option to force the re-installation of all the necessary files.

In my case, I had to add /usr/lib64/cups and /usr/lib64/cups/filter

Now install the LPR driver the same way.

root # rpm -i --nodeps dcp750cwlpr-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm

I had to add the /var/spool/lpd directory and re-install:

root # rpm -i --nodeps --replacepkgs dcp750cwlpr-1.0.1-1.i386.rpm

Installing the printer

Start the cups service

To install the printer you have to start the cups service first:


If you use OpenRC use the following command to start the cups' service.

root #/etc/init.d/cupsd start

and to have it started automatically at boot time

root #rc-update add cupsd default


If you use systemd use the following command to start the cups' service.

root #systemctl start cups.service

and to have it started automatically at boot time

root #systemctl enable cups.service

Use cups' web interface to install the printer

Point your browser at localhost:631. In the CUPS for Administrators section of the home page, click on Add Printer and classes. Then, in the Printers box, click on Add printer.

If you are prompted for a user id and a password, enter root and the root password. If it happens that you enter your standard user's name by mistake, access to add printer will be forbidden. It could be necessary to leave and reenter the session to be able to declare yourself as root.

In the network choices suggested, choose the Host or LPD/LPR printer protocol and enter the connection url as suggested in Brother's documentation. In the case of DCP-750CW I had to use lpd:// where was the IP address of my printer read from the command panel of the printer.

Other protocols than LPD/LPR can be used. Please refer to Brother's documentation.

After, this the configuration is completely intuitive and free. Just follow the instructions of the wizard.


It may happen that, when displaying your printers in Printers --> Manage Printers, the following message appears in the state column of your printer

"File "/usr/libexec/cups/filter/brlpdwrapperdcp750cw" not available: No such file or directory".

To solve this use the following command:

root # cp /usr/lib64/cups/filter/brlpdwrapperdcp750cw /usr/libexec/cups/filter/

Then delete and re-install the printer again.