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Bug#908500: cups-browsed: Please consider making cups-browsed a Suggests:



Package: cups-browsed
Version: 1.21.2-1
Severity: wishlist


With the introduction of cups 1.6.x the situation in respect to printing
to remote print queues and printers would have been dire without the
creation of cups-browsed. However, cups 2.2.4 and later has the ability
(CUPS Issue #4993) to enumerate queues and printers in print dialogs and
to auto-create a temporary print queue. This is used by applications
having the Qt dialog and printing from the command line, although the
GTK dialog still does its own thing.

cups-browsed is installed by default because cups-daemon (quite rightly)
recommends it. With the changed situation in CUPS and applications it
would appear that cups-browsed has less relevance with regard to printer
and print queue discovery and management. The Recommends field lists
packages that would be found with the cups package because there is a
strong dependency between it and cups-browsed. cups-browsed would still
enhance cups if changed to a Suggests:.

The installation of cups-browsed almost as a matter of course on many
buster systems also masks bugs in CUPS and applications, as it will take
over the management of queues/printers. A small example is CUPS Issue
#5045. Another example is with okular. For me, it will not print to a
temporary queue; with a local cups-browsed queue it will. This would
probably pass unnoticed as things stand now.

Regards,

Brian.


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