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Bug#512250: hplip: please place scanning in a separate package

Package: hplip
Version: 2.8.6.b-4
Severity: wishlist

When I went to upgrade my server today, I found that libsane (and all of
its dependencies) are to be installed because hplip is to be upgraded.
Since the printer connected to this machine is a Deskjet 5740, I don't
need any of the other functionality installed.

I would much prefer that scanning be separated out into its own package,
so that I don't have to drag in over 15 MB of dependencies (and that
many more bugs and potential security holes) onto a machine that will
never use it.  However, any solution that removes these dependencies is

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 5.0
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.28-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8) (ignored: LC_ALL set to en_US.UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash

Versions of packages hplip depends on:
ii  adduser                  3.110           add and remove users and groups
ii  coreutils                6.10-6          The GNU core utilities
ii cups 1.3.8-1lenny4.1 Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - ii hplip-data 2.8.6.b-4 HP Linux Printing and Imaging - da
ii  libc6                    2.7-18          GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii libcups2 1.3.8-1lenny4.1 Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - ii libdbus-1-3 1.2.1-5 simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libsane                  1.0.19-23       API library for scanners
ii  libsnmp15                5.4.1~dfsg-12   SNMP (Simple Network Management Pr
ii  libssl0.9.8              0.9.8g-15       SSL shared libraries
ii  libusb-0.1-4             2:0.1.12-13     userspace USB programming library
ii  lsb-base                 3.2-20          Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  python                   2.5.2-3         An interactive high-level object-o
ii  python-dbus              0.83.0-1        simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  python-imaging           1.1.6-3         Python Imaging Library
ii  python-support           0.8.7           automated rebuilding support for P

Versions of packages hplip recommends:
ii cups-client 1.3.8-1lenny4.1 Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - ii hpijs 2.8.6.b-4 HP Linux Printing and Imaging - gs
pn  hplip-gui                <none>          (no description available)

Versions of packages hplip suggests:
pn  hplip-doc                <none>          (no description available)
pn  kdeprint | gtklp | xpp   <none>          (no description available)
ii  openprinting-ppds        20080211-2+nmu1 OpenPrinting printer support - Pos

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