[Printing-summit] QUESTION for operating system
Robert L Krawitz
rlk at alum.mit.edu
Mon Aug 21 18:40:53 PDT 2006
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2006 13:44:10 -0500
From: Norm Jacobs <Norm.Jacobs at Sun.COM>
Robert L Krawitz wrote:
> The Gutenprint project is considering a change that would create
> at least a partial dependency of Gutenprint on the CUPS API
> (specifically, the PPD file parser in libcups). How much of a
> problem would this pose to OS distributors/vendors (e. g. Linux
> distributions, Mac OS X, Solaris, AIX, etc)?
This is likely to cause something of a problem on Solaris.
Solaris ships Gutenprint for use with Foomatic under LP. We
don't happen to ship CUPS.
I'm *very* strongly inclined toward not freezing people out in the
name of progress if at all possible. If a significant number of
people don't have CUPS available (it wouldn't require CUPS to be
running), that wouldn't be a very friendly thing to do. It's why I'm
> Would it be easier if we were to introduce this change in a new minor
> version (e. g. 5.2) vs. a point release (e. g. 5.0.1)?
If you are going to do something like this, I would be inclined to
say that a point release wouldn't be the place to do it.
I don't think it would be practical to do it in a point release.
Most likely we'll embed the necessary code in Gutenprint if we can't
find a lightweight PPD file parser.
Robert Krawitz <rlk at alum.mit.edu>
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