For various reasons, I'm seriously considering parts of our print stack
that nobody else uses (namely cups-autoconfig) and adopt hal-cups-utils
(used in Fedora & Ubuntu, at least).
Okay, I guess I can list a few reasons:
+ actually maintained
+ used by other distros, so probably easier to get fixes for "free"
+ (related to the previous items: use the exact same stack as others,
which is better for everybody in the long term)
+ seems to cover the exact same role
+ integrates with system-config-printer to display a notification
bubble when a new printer is added (we have a patch for
gnome-volume-manager to do the same thing with cups-autoconfig)
+ makes it possible to completely drop gnome-volume-manager
(we can discuss this in another thread)
I've made some packages in home:vuntz:factory-playground. So if you add
this repo, you can install the cups-backends and hal-cups-utils packages
and see how it goes.
Now, I'd really need people who have a local printer that they can plug
in the computer to test all this. Does this work? Does this work well?
Some things to check:
+ if you plug a new printer, does it add it?
+ if you unplug it, does the printer get disabled?
+ if you plug it again, does the printer get enabled (and no new
printer should be created)?
That's really easy to test, and I'd need some feedback quickly if
possible so I can try to push this in 11.1 (it's already a bit late, so
I might need to bribe a few people).
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