Fixing Lexmark Printer Driver Installation in Ubuntu 11.04
April 17, 2011 97 Comments
Recently I just installed the Lexmark printer driver in my 64-bit Ubuntu 11.04 installation. As you may or may not notice, the installer is broken by default in Ubuntu 11.04, and it just exits with an error message, saying
Lua error detected: While parsing install.lua: config/run.lua:1374: attempt to index global ‘ownhership’ (a nil value)
After playing with the installer, I finally got it to work perfectly, so I emailed the Lexmark support team to let them know how to fix this, but for now, I’m going to share what you need to do on my blog.
First, you need to extract the files for the installer. To do this, you need to run
./lexmark-inkjet-legacy-wJRE-1.0-1.amd64.deb.sh –noexec –keep
It’s worth noting that there are two hyphens before noexec and keep. Once you run that command, the files for the installer will be extracted to the tmp folder in the current working directory. For now, just type cd tmp and press enter. Now, open up a text editor, such as gedit and navigate to the config folder in the tmp folder we just extracted. Open up the file “run.lua”. The problem is that Lexmark misspelled ownership as ownhership, which broke the installer. Around line 1484, you will find a line that says
if tonumber(ownhership) == 0 then
delete the errant h in the word ownership and save the file. Now, go back to your terminal and run sudo sh startupinstaller.sh in the tmp folder. The installer will work as expected now.
Update: Special thanks to Mathieu Triclot for your $5 donation! Glad I could help!