Ubuntu Printing Error, Line = 514

Fair warning: this is one of those tech type posts.

Recently, I updated my system from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The upgrade was flawless, with one exception:

I was unable to print to my Canon printer using Ubuntu.

Printing worked perfectly from the 12.04 systems (that weren’t upgraded to 14.04)… and with my 14.04 system I received the following error:

... Idle - src = libcanon_pdlwrapper.c, line = 514 ...

At one point I had also received a Waiting to Finish error… but that’s another story.

Despite reinstalling all drivers from Canon, no luck. Until, I gave it one more shot and followed a suggestion posted to “Ask Ubuntu” with 0 votes.

The same problem for Canon 4800 series (Canon i-Sensys 4890dw) and ubuntu 14.04 64bit.

  1. download “UFRII/UFRII LT Printer Driver for Linux v2.80” from canon website.
  2. try to install 32-bit deb files: “cndrvcups-common_2.80-1_i386.deb” and “cndrvcups-ufr2-uk_2.80-1_i386.deb”
  3. Ubuntu package manager try to install them, and download some dependencies, but finally quit installation process without installing them.
  4. try to install 64-bit deb files: “cndrvcups-common_2.80-1_amd64.deb”
  5. ubuntu warn about repairing package.
  6. click “repair” button.
  7. try to install “cndrvcups-ufr2-uk_2.80-1_amd64.deb”
  8. now add printer.

I hope this work for you.MK Aftab

FYI: I’m using 2.90 vs 2.80.

For me, everything prints perfectly after following the above steps.

The bottom line here… don’t rule out the unpopular answers. In tech, as in life, the right thing to do isn’t always a popularity contest.

By Fred Posner

Fred Posner provides VoIP consulting services through The Palner Group and LOD.com. For ten years, Fred helped his wife, Yeni Monroy, run Bearkery®, a family bakery in Gainesville, Florida. The bakery sadly closed during the COVID19 pandemic. Contact Fred at qxork.com.


  1. Hello Fred!
    Thank you soooo much!

    Your internet post solved my problem with Canon MF217w printer drivers for Ubuntu 15.10. Believe, or not, I was skeptical at first, but I had no choice specifically when Canon Customer Service was useless no matter whether Canon EU or Canon US. I was so frustrated for not being able to fix the bug! Finally your post was a “balm” to the problem. Wheyyy.
    Once again, let me to express my sincere gratitude to you.
    Best wishes,

  2. Same procedure as every year 🙂 Your receipe worked after fumbling around 2 h under Ubuntu 16.10, yakkety yak ! I used the new driver (3.50, 1.30).
    Thanks again

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