hp laserjet 1018.
decided not to use the AUR package because there seemed to dependencies that weren’t actually needed, like vim. not sure about ‘foomatic db engine’ and ‘psutils’ though.
installed it the old way, following the instructions fro mthe foo2zjs website.
configured cups by going to http://localhost:631 (really weird but interesting way to configure something!). had to plug in and turn on the printer in question in order for it to recognize the device. found the ppd file in foo2zjs/ppd and uploaded it. root and password.
not working at the moment. might have to restart?
i ended up using the aur foo2zjs package, deleted the source install stuff. installed all the dependencies it asked for. had to add my user to the lp group in /etc/group. cups was already started, so i restarted the printer. and it worked!