I am trying to install a printer driver package (Canon Pixma MX437 cnijfilter-mx430series-3.70-1-deb) on my system running Debian 8.1 3.16.0-4-amd64 Jessie xfce.

I get a dependency error that package libtiff4 is not installed:

dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of cnijfilter-mx430series:
 cnijfilter-mx430series depends on libtiff4; however:
  Package libtiff4 is not installed.

dpkg: error processing package cnijfilter-mx430series (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:

Where I can find this package?


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Unfortunately libtiff4 isn't available for Debian 8.x (jessie).

As I see it, there are two options to install it:

  1. Install the binary package for wheezy. There's no guarantee that this would work as the package has other dependencies that may not be met.
  2. Download the source for the most recent package for wheezy and create a forward-port of it for jessie (basically, the same process as a backport, but from an older to newer release). This is probably the better option (as the dependencies will be correctly met), but would require more skills than 1. There is a guide that is a good starting point.

As an outside option, you may also be able to get your printer working with CUPS. Certainly, there is a Mac OS X CUPS driver for the 430 series but you may need to get someone to install the driver on a Mac to be able to access the required files (they're packaged in a DMG file, unfortunately).

Update Corrected reference to backport

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    @user125092 This would really be a forward-port, rather than a backport... Installing the binary package for wheezy is probably not the way to go; I'd try rebuilding libtiff4 on jessie. I imagine there are utilities on Linux to unpack a DMG archive. See askubuntu.com/questions/38112/how-can-i-open-a-dmg-file for suggestions. Jul 27, 2015 at 11:26
  • @FaheemMitha Thanks for the correction - I've updated my answer re: backport terminology.
    – mjturner
    Jul 27, 2015 at 11:47

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