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Re: Idea: guix printer configuration generation

From: swedebugia
Subject: Re: Idea: guix printer configuration generation
Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:22:39 +0100

"Gábor Boskovits" <address@hidden> skrev: (16 januari 2019 16:00:30 CET)
><address@hidden> ezt írta (időpont: 2019. jan. 16., Sze, 15:35):
>> Hi
>> I would rather not have to learn the CUPS web interface just to
>> configure my printer. Do we have a way to do this yet from
>config.scm? I
>> think we should abstract away everything CUPS.
>> Maybe we could make a guix printer importer?
>> The idea is to extract information about the printer via Guile and
>> what the user need to add to the config.scm.
>> Something like this:
>> $ guix printer
>> "Found 1 USB printer: HP DeskJet 4330
>> (cups-configuration
>>  (printer
>>    (name "HP DeskJet 4330"
>>    (connection "usb://34234556"
>>    (settings
>>      (paper "a4"
>>      (source "default"
>>      ..."
>> When the user adds this to their config.scm and reconfigures the
>> Thoughts?
>> --
>> Cheers
>> Swedebugia
>I've found the CUPS config stuff somewhat problematic.
>The config file is generated from another config file, and some other
>things, that trigger
>regenerating the config. Sometimes even the printer ink level is
>regenerating cups configs,
>which is really annoying. Modifying files in /etc is not a very nice
>way to handle that indeed.
>The problem is known upstream, and seems to be won't fix. If we could
>get around that in any sane way,
>I would be very happy.
>Best regards,

I did not understand what you meant. Does the cups server regenerate you 
printer config automatically? 

I'm surprised nobody forked the CUPS project long ago. Maybe this should be a 
high priority for GNU?
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