[kde-linux] Why does webkam require printer?

Thomas Taylor linxt at comcast.net
Wed Jan 13 21:18:24 UTC 2010

I've been trying to get the builtin webcam in my Dell studio 1745 to work 
without success.  After digging around through various logs and web searches, 
it seems that KDEs' webkam requires a printer to be set up in cups.  Why?

I don't have a printer connected to my laptop and currently no "home" network.  
My wife and I take turns switching cables to the internet (wireless will come 
soon I hope).

This is the output in messages after trying to start webkam:
laptop:/home/tom/Documents # tail /var/log/messages
Jan 13 10:49:28 laptop kernel: [   29.371764] Slow work thread pool: Starting 
Jan 13 10:49:28 laptop kernel: [   29.371912] Slow work thread pool: Ready
Jan 13 10:49:28 laptop kernel: [   29.371979] FS-Cache: Loaded
Jan 13 10:49:28 laptop kernel: [   29.408690] FS-Cache: Netfs 'nfs' registered 
for caching
Jan 13 10:49:28 laptop sm-notify[2377]: Already notifying clients; Exiting!
Jan 13 10:49:36 laptop kernel: [   37.238114] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
Jan 13 10:49:46 laptop checkproc: checkproc: can not get session id for 
process 3568!
Jan 13 10:50:02 laptop python: hp-systray[3743]: warning: No hp: or hpfax: 
devices found in any installed CUPS queue. Exiting.
Jan 13 12:59:43 laptop su: (to root) tom on /dev/pts/1
Jan 13 13:02:19 laptop su: (to root) tom on /dev/pts/1
laptop:/home/tom/Documents # 
The laptop python line sometimes comes up with lp instead of hp.  This happens 
every time I try to start webkam.

Any ideas?  In the meantime I'm using the gnome cheese program which works 
fine but I'd like to stay with kde stuff.

Thanks, Tom (retired penguin)
openSUSE 11.2 x86_64, KDE 4.3.1
linxt at comcast.net

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