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Bug#590625: hplip: no way to clean cartridges on a server

Package: hplip
Version: 3.10.6-1
Severity: wishlist

I have a server on my network that, among other things, runs a copy of
cups for my DeskJet 5740.  This allows people on the network to print
over IPP.  However, installing the hplip package brings in a huge number
of dependencies that simply are not appropriate for a server, such as
consolekit (since nobody is ever logged in at the console).

I have the printer set up fine with hplip-cups and a PPD.  However, if I
temporarily install hplip (in order to run hp-clean or such), hp-clean
does not work, which I presume is due to not using the hp backend.

I'd prefer that you provide a way to maintain the printer on a server
without involving the installation of huge amounts of useless (and
potentially buggy) packages.  It would be fine with me if I only needed
to install hplip on a desktop or laptop connected to the network, as
long as I didn't need to install it on the server.  It would also be
fine with me if I could install the utilities and relevant backend on
the server without all the baggage[0] coming along.

The information below is irrelevant since it belongs to my laptop, not
my server.

[0] That is, policykit and libsane.  This is a server with a printer,
not a desktop with an all-in-one.

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

Kernel: Linux 2.6.35-rc6-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages hplip depends on:
ii  adduser                       3.112      add and remove users and groups
ii  coreutils                     8.5-1      GNU core utilities
ii  cups                          1.4.4-2    Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - 
ii  cups-client                   1.4.4-2    Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - 
ii  hplip-cups                    3.10.6-1   HP Linux Printing and Imaging - CU
ii  hplip-data                    3.10.6-1   HP Linux Printing and Imaging - da
ii  libc6                         2.11.2-2   Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libcups2                      1.4.4-2    Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - 
ii  libdbus-1-3                   1.2.24-2   simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libhpmud0                     3.10.6-1   HP Multi-Point Transport Driver (h
ii  libsane                       1.0.21-3   API library for scanners
ii  libsane-hpaio                 3.10.6-1   HP SANE backend for multi-function
ii  libssl0.9.8                   0.9.8o-1   SSL shared libraries
ii  lsb-base                      3.2-23.1   Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  policykit-1                   0.96-2     framework for managing administrat
ii  python                        2.6.5-10   interactive high-level object-orie
ii  python-dbus                   0.83.1-1   simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  python-imaging                1.1.7-2    Python Imaging Library
ii  python-pexpect                2.3-1      Python module for automating inter
ii  python-support                1.0.9      automated rebuilding support for P

Versions of packages hplip recommends:
ii  avahi-daemon                  0.6.27-1   Avahi mDNS/DNS-SD daemon
ii  sane-utils                    1.0.21-3   API library for scanners -- utilit

Versions of packages hplip suggests:
pn  hplip-doc                     <none>     (no description available)
pn  hplip-gui                     <none>     (no description available)
pn  kdeprint | gtklp | xpp        <none>     (no description available)
ii  python-notify                 0.1.1-2+b2 Python bindings for libnotify

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brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
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