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In Squeeze replacing python version 2.6.6-13~bpo60+1 with version 2.6.6-3+squeeze7

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I just acquired a HP LaserJet Pro 400 multi-function printer model
M475dw.  I am now trying to set it up in my Debian Squeeze 6.0.9 box by
using command "hplip-3.14.4.run" provided by
http://hplipopensource.com. One of the packages required in order to
set this printer up is python-dev.

Python-dev is in the Squeeze repository as version 2.6.6-3+squeeze7.
It depends on python 2.6.6-3+squeeze7 also in the Squeeze repository,
but the version of python which is installed in my box is version

I note that the latter version of python is not in the
squeeze-backports repository now, but it must have been there at some
time in the past; otherwise I would not have been able to install it.
 (The same could also be said for python-minimal.)

Apt-get will not however install package python-dev 2.6.6-3+squeeze7
because is specifically depends only on python with the same version
number, not version 2.6.6-13~bpo60+1. The result is that I cannot
complete the setup for the new printer.

With the intention of replacing both python and python version
2.6.6-13~bpo60+1 with version 2.6.6-3+squeeze7 I started by trying to
run command "apt-get purge python".  Apt-get wanted to remove 79 nine
other packages and install four packages of the python3 family.  It
also wanted me to run "apt-get autoremove" to delete the entire
kde-trinity and cups families and much else besides.

Is there a way to replace python and python-minimal version
2.6.6-13~bpo60+1 with version 2.6.6-3+squeeze7 without destroying
anything else?

Regards, Ken

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