Brother MFC-5440cn Install

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Brother MFC-5440cn Install

Post by ghostdawg » 29. Oct 2011, 16:02

This is how I got my Brother USB MFC-5440CN working. There are other instructions for Brother Printers on there site, for other models also. I know these instructions will work for my printer on Salix 37.37.

First, before anything else make sure that the printer is hooked up and on before you start. ** Optional** Also, make sure that /etc/rc.d/rc.cups is executable. ( chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/rc.cups )

Download the correct LPR Driver & Cups wrapper from their site.
Note: download the Red Hat driver (rpm) not the Debian package. ... index.html

Create a new directory and put both drivers in it and change to that directory.

At this point go ahead and su into the root account.

According to Brother you must use a c-shell to install the package. tcsh is already installed on my system.

Convert the rpm packages to native Slackware tgz packages using rpm2tgz.
Example: rpm2tgz MFC5440CNlpr-1.0.2-1.i386-1.0.0-1.i386.rpm
Example: rpm2tgz cupswrapperMFC5440CN-1.0.0-1.i386.rpm

Install the newly created packages.
Note: you must install the LPR package first per Brothers instructions.

Even though you installed the cupswrapper it did not work because of a missing link. Slackware does not use /etc/init.d/cups it use /etc/rc.d/rc.cups so lets fix that by creating a softlink.

ln -s /etc/rc.d/rc.cups /etc/init.d/cups

One more thing, now we need to do what the install could not do since it was not linked correctly.

Change to the Brother directory

cd /usr/local/Brother/cupswrapper/

Now, run the cups wrapper


You should see that cups was restarted and all you have to do now is setup your printer with "localhost:631" from your web-browser.

This information was written to help a newbie like myself who is trying to learn how to use my older printer with non RPM or DEB drivers. My intention was not to write a "howto" but to help out others.

I would like to thank all who's information I got from google and Slackware users that help me figure out how to set this up. Especially from

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Re: Brother MFC-5440cn Install

Post by Andyun » 11. Mar 2012, 05:07

Ghostdawg, thanks for your help!
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