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how to install printer driver for Canon PIXMA TR4522 printer in Arch Linux

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I just bought a Canon PIXMA TR4522 printer. I have used printers before in Arch Linux, but I can't figure out how to print with this one. More specifically, I am having trouble finding the correct driver.

I have installed the gutenprint and foomatic-db-gutenprint-ppds Arch Linux packages, but I still don't see the printer PPD file when I run $ lpinfo -m. I've also looked at the CUPS/Printer-specific problems page on the Arch Wiki, but I don't see my printer model or series listed on that page. I've also searched the web, and can't seem to find any Arch-related information about my printer model or series.

How do I install the correct drivers and print with this printer?

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I figured this out myself. I needed to install the cnijfilter2 AUR package. Installing this package provided me with the correct PPD file (which was named canontr4500.pdd).

How I figured this out: I read the Canon section of the CUPS/Printer-specific problems page on the Arch Wiki, which mentions that there are various Arch packages for various Canon printers. Furthermore, you can download the TR4522 driver from Canon's website as a debian, rpm, or source package. The source package is named cnijfilter2-source-5.70-1.tar.gz, which matches the name of the cnijfilter2 AUR file.

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