Cups service stopped - UM 18.04

I did search the web and AskUbuntu - no solution at hand… So I’m here.

I tried: sudo systemctl status cups.service
I got:
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/cups.service; enabled; vendor preset: ena
Active: failed (Result: start-limit-hit) since Tue 2018-07-24 21:41:44 EDT; 8
Docs: man:cupsd(8)
Process: 2617 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/cupsd -l (code=killed, signal=TERM)
Main PID: 2617 (code=killed, signal=TERM)

Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Service hold-off time over, s
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Scheduled restart job, restar
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: Stopped CUPS Scheduler.
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Start request repeated too qu
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Failed with result 'start-lim
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: Failed to start CUPS Scheduler.
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● cups.service - CUPS Scheduler
Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/cups.service; enabled; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: failed (Result: start-limit-hit) since Tue 2018-07-24 21:41:44 EDT; 8min ago
Docs: man:cupsd(8)
Process: 2617 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/cupsd -l (code=killed, signal=TERM)
Main PID: 2617 (code=killed, signal=TERM)

Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Service hold-off time over, scheduling restart.
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Scheduled restart job, restart counter is at 5.
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: Stopped CUPS Scheduler.
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Start request repeated too quickly.
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: cups.service: Failed with result ‘start-limit-hit’.
Jul 24 21:41:44 Name systemd[1]: Failed to start CUPS Scheduler.
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What do I do then ?

The CUPS print spooler does not appear to be running (when it was minutes before). To ‘troubleshoot’ I choose System->Administration->Services from the main menu…but there is no ‘Service’…

UM 18.04

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After quite a bit (i.e. a lot) of searching, I finally found a post of a similar problem and that there is a default configuration file which should be installed in /usr/share/cups/cupsd.conf.default.

So… I ran as suggested:

sudo cp /usr/share/cups/cupsd.conf.default /etc/cups/cupsd.conf
sudo service cups restart

and it now works !

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Worked!!
Thanks so much! I’ve also been googling for a whole while until I found this

Thank you. I deleted an old printer earlier today and all of my printers and scanners diapered. I am running Ubuntu 18.04 with LDXE and not Mate but this worked perfectly just as I was about to give up for the night. Thanks again.

After 2 months of looking for a solution this worked first time, thank you very much!
18.04 LTS with a Brother DCP-J152W old printer, printer would not appear, despite working for years on 14.04LTS and 16.04 LTS before the upgrade to 18.04 LTS, (and a recent recognition of the printer as a scanner!) HP250 laptop. Thank you again for this relief!