HPLIP installation

I run Ubuntu Mate 19.04 and tried to install HPLIP with no success. At the end of a very long process I got the following message:


error: A required dependency 'libtool (libtool - Library building support services)' is still missing.
error: Installation cannot continue without this dependency.
error: Please manually install this dependency and re-run this installer

As I am not an expert on UMATE, I would like to put two questions to the community:

  1. does HLIP work with Ubuntu Mate 19.04? and
  2. how does one manually install a dependency?

Many thanks in advance.

Regarding dependencies:

Assuming the dependency is in the Ubuntu Repos:

  1. Ascertain the precise name of the dependency

  2. Open a terminal and issue the following command:

  • sudo apt-get install <name of dependancy>

So, presumably, in your case:

sudo apt-get install libtool

Really you have two options here:

  1. If your printer is not too new, then you can simply use HPLIP from MATE Welcome in Getting StartedPost InstallationDriversPrinters:

    Note: if you want, you can install it with APT by executing sudo apt-get install hplip hplip-gui.

  2. If your printer is new, then you have to install binary HPLIP.

You can follow my Q&A on AskUbuntu for details -

Thank you, Norbert. Some hard work but I think I succeeded.
Just thinking about something Mircea said in a post I read today, about Windows being for the consumer and Linux for the advanced user...
Congratulations for your clear and comprehensive post on AskUbuntu.

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Thanks. I have being using Ubuntu Mate for sometime but am far from defining myself as an expert. Thank you very much for your small lesson.