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bug#25101: simple-scan can't use hpaio

From: Danny Milosavljevic
Subject: bug#25101: simple-scan can't use hpaio
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 19:41:13 +0100

simple-scan can't use hpaio as scanner. That means that HP scanners don't work 
at all.

That's because:

(1) sane-backends installs a hard-coded dll.conf . In itself, that's not so 
bad. However, this file doesn't contain a line "hpaio". 
    To workaround this, I set environment variable SANE_CONFIG_DIR to point to 
a directory which contains a dll.conf which contains (only) a line "hpaio".
(2) sane-backends tries to load 
 - which won't work. 
    I checked the source code of sane-backends - and it searches many locations 
for loadable dynamic libraries, for example the ones specified in environment 
variables LD_LIBRARY_PATH, SHLIB_PATH LIBPATH (see backend/dll.c load()). 
(3) dll.conf has no support for absolute paths. Whatever you put there it will 
just blindly put after a hard-coded directory prefix.

This is on GuixSD.

How to proceed? Add support for absolute paths and a service which merges 
multiple dll.conf into one file ?

Or just add hplip as a hard dependency of sane-backends and make it link 
libsane-hpaio (that's possible in sane)?

Also, should we also amend simple-scan to propagate-input hplip? Otherwise it 
will come up with a "Install Driver" dialog which won't work either.

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