Firefox and thunderbird can't find printers from cups

Since I fixed my system I can't get firefox to see the cups server or printers. Same with thunderbird.
No problem with ocular though


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Try to install gtk3-print-backends.

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that makes me unhappy

it does work
I'm trying to reduce my dependency on gtk and gnome

Yet you installed Firefox and Thunderbird?
I thought those were gtk dependent since forever. Did they come out with QT versions?

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i suppose

I don't want qt either

now I understand why I need to run a cups server on every darn workstation and I can't centralize printing services any longer. It is so stupid. I have a single print server and lets say I don't want a cups server on my 6 other workstations. Firefox can't find the printer server.

Look here: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CUPS#Without_a_local_CUPS_server It says:

CUPS can be configured to directly connect to remote printer servers instead of running a local print server. This requires installation of the libcups package. Some applications will still require the cups package for printing.

Warning: Accessing remote printers without a local CUPS server is not recommended by the developers.

Yeah that is a broken design.

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