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Re: [RFC] Remove gui/PrinterTypes directory containing PPDs from core

From: Chad Hardin
Subject: Re: [RFC] Remove gui/PrinterTypes directory containing PPDs from core
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2004 14:32:08 -1000

Since GNUstep is cross-platform, I think that is the only way to go. Right now I'm working on a framework called GSCUPS which is a complete wrapper of CUPS; from the lowest layer stuff to the highest. I think this will come in very handy for such a printing-backend system. I'm gonna keep plugging away at it as a separate framework and if a printing-backend system becomes a reality I would gladly transfer the code over into a format suitable for that.

I just tarballed a snapshot of it as it stands RIGHT now. It may not compile but you can check it out and see that plenty of work has already has gone into it; it is well on it's way to completion. You can get it a ftp://ftp.sgstep.org/pub/GSCUPS

I've started work on a Printer Setup utility as well, it is one method I use to debug GSCUPS itself.


On Jun 5, 2004, at 12:47 PM, Gregory John Casamento wrote:

See below...

For now, I would go with (B) as it seems the most reasonable.

What about creating a printing backend?

For the long term, I believe that this is the best idea. Either this or the use of a printing system which already allows is to have support for several
different platforms.

GNUstep should have more "backends" as environmental hooks. GNUstep should be either self sufficient (default backend with full or dummy functionality) or it should use native host-environment capabilities. This applies to other GUI suff as well (Font Manager backend, Pasteboard, spelling, workspace, ...)



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#### Maintainer of Gorm for GNUstep.

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