Installing Dell V515w Printer on Arch Linux

Dell printers can be a challenge to install on some Linux distributions…

However, once you figure out the key files, it makes it a little bit easier to make things happen. The steps here are basically hacks that I went through until I could figure out what was going on. Here are some KEY bits of information to get things going:

Summary of Requirements

Install dpkg (Debian Package Manager)

To install dpkg, you need to get it from the AUR (Arch User Repository). The easiest way is to follow these steps:

echo "[archlinuxfr]" >> /etc/pacman.conf
 echo "Server =" >> /etc/pacman.conf
 pacman -Syu yaourt

At this point, yaourt should now be installed. Now to install dpkg (NEVER EVER RUN YAOURT AS ROOT!!!):

When you run the following command, select “dpkg” – at the time of this article, it was number 3 on the list:

yaourt dpkg

No need to modify the makepkg or anything – just let it do its thing.

Getting the .deb file from the Dell .sh installer

This part is a little tricky. Do these steps (as regular user – not root) and it “should” work:

  • sh
  • Open up your user’s home directory (use the GUI for this)
  • Go into the lua* directory that was created by the installer
  • As you press next in the wizard, you will notice some files that pop up in that directory. When they do, quickly copy the .deb files to your desktop or somewhere that you will remember
  • I know it’s tricky, but keep trying. It worked for me

Run the .deb file

dpkg -i --force-architecture dell-inkjet-09-driver-1.0-1.i386.deb

Check if “dlnet” exists in /usr/lib/cups/backend

ls /usr/lib/cups/backend/dlnet

If the dlnet file does exist, then you can now run system-config-printer and add your printer (use Dell Network Backend as the socket when the list comes up:

dlnet:// <-- Change that with the IP of your printer

When it asks for a driver file, select the Dell_V310V510_Series.ppd file (if you can’t find it, run this command):

find / -name Dell_V310V510_Series.ppd

If the dlnet file is not in /usr/lib/cups/backend…

Then you will have to extract the .deb files and

bsdtar -xf *.i386.deb; tar -xzvf data.tar.gz; cd usr/local/dell/dell09/bin; cp dlnet /usr/lib/cups/backend/

Now proceed to the step above this one and configure your printer.

If something didn’t work for you, or if I missed something…

I wrote this article after spending about 20 hours trying to get this printer to work. Because of this, there are probably some things I forgot – but I believe the most important stuff is written here. If you notice anything off or that needs to be added, please just reply using the comments area below.

Installing Cisco PacketTracer 5.3.2 on 64-bit Ubuntu or Debian


This post is very old and outdated. I do not have access to the latest versions of Packet Tracer and therefore have no way to continue to assist with installation. If somebody has a recent copy of Packet Tracer they could provide to me, I would be happy to see if I can get it working and document the steps.


If you are trying to install Cisco’s PacketTracer on a 64-bit Linux dist, you would be suprised it isn’t supported…


Please like and/or +1 this site if this article helped you! ~

UPDATE: This will now work on Debian, Crunchbang, Ubuntu, and any other Debian-based Linux Distro. I have found the key package to make it work and added it to the installation script.

Attn: Debian Users:

In order for this tutorial to work, you must be able to run the sudo command as done below, or you must run the code below to log in as root:

su -

Moving On

If you are trying to install Cisco’s PacketTracer on a 64-bit Linux dist, you would be suprised it isn’t supported, but we have found a workaround which did the job beautifully. This article applies to PacketTracer version 5.3.2 but may work on future versions as well.

I was originally going to write a tutorial to make this happen, however I figured a shell script would be just as easy to write. So follow these instructions:

Download the Files

Go to Cisco’s website at, login, and download PacketTracer to your home directory (the directory which uses your name).

Next, download – it is the shell script that does all the work for you. Put this file in the same home directory where you downloaded PacketTracer.

Start the Installation of Packet Tracer

Open up gnome-terminal (or the terminal of your choice) and do this:

sudo sh PacketTracer532*

Hacking It to Force it to Install

Press Enter, Read through the agreement (or if you have before, just press the space bar until you hit 90% and then use the Enter key (DO NOT PRESS Y) to go the rest of the way down). Do NOT press anything else though. At this point, you will want to run the shell script that you downloaded (open up a new terminal to do this):

sudo sh

Installation Complete

It should do the rest of the work and then you can run PacketTracer by either going to the GUI menu > Internet > Cisco PacketTracer or by running the following:


(the installer will initially run PacketTracer for you automatically)

If these instructions worked for you, please let me know in the comments section below. Also, don’t forget to +1 or Like us at the top-left of the page!

To Uninstall Packet Tracer

Uninstalling Packet Tracer is fairly easy. To do so, follow these steps:

sudo dpkg -r packettracer;
sudo dpkg -r getlibs

If there are errors when you try to uninstall or it says packetracer is not installed:

sudo dpkg --list | grep packettracer

You might see something like packettracer:i386. Therefore, replace the dpkg -r packettracer command with the following (make sure to be root or use sudo):

dpkg -r packettracer:i386