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Re: Bug#311344: Replacing lpr-ppd with lprng removes printer database


I am sending this mail to many recipients since I need help


On Tue, May 31, 2005 at 01:42:36PM +0200, Michael Piefel wrote:
> Package: lpr-ppd
> Severity: grave
> Justification: causes non-serious data loss
> Replacing lpr-ppd with lprng should be a breeze, I read somewhere. But
> after the change, I was left with no /etc/printcap and a dead link to
> that location from /etc/lprng/printcap. Clearly, there is an upgrade
> path missing, even if lprng???s config format may be slightly different.

/etc/printcap is a "conffile" of lpr-ppd ; if
lpr-ppd is removed, /etc/printcap will still be there ;
but if you purge  lpr-ppd  , dpkg will delete /etc/printcap ,
since it is not a conffile of lprng

I see no easy way to solve this problem, since lpr-ppd was
removed from Debian some time ago

1) one way would be to have a dummy lpr-ppd package that depends
 on lprng, and that does not have /etc/printcap as a conffile

 I dont know if the debian-release time would approve its
 inclusion in Debian/Sarge , though

 Moreover this would *force* people that are using lpr-ppd 
 to switch to lprng, and this is not what I want: I cannot
 guarantee that the switch would be 100% painless and transparent

2) another solution would be to change lprng so that /etc/printcap
 is a conffile ( I am not sure if this would work, though)

any suggestions?


Andrea Mennucc
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