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wanted: usb-only, printing-only .deb
« on: August 04, 2013, 00:40:19 »
Hi there,
I'm very pleased to see this project, yet I'm confused by the sheer number of .deb files. I dont want to use a repo just download a small set (a singke deb would be nuce) and apt-get it.

I own a 2165W MONO LASER, which is just a printer (no scanning) and comes with both usb and wifi.

But I DONT USE WIFI, I dont want to use wifi, I dont want to assign the printer an ip address or install a gui to configure wifi or ip addresses.

I just want a driver that works with the usb port, assigns the printer a port name and then lets me print to it.

How to do that and what subset of deb files I need, would be nice to know.
Before some know-it-all wants to lecture me on "why dont you follow the standard procedure" let me inform you that this is for use on an embedded system with very low disk space booting the OS from a CF card, so I want and NEED to minimize installed crud to a minimum, thats why I dont want any tcpip or wifi config gui installed that I will later NOT USE.

Finally, let me suggest to the nice project admins that if you repackage an usb-only,printing-only subset of the deb files, I'm sure it would please a lot of people, not just me.

TIA for any constructive criticism or tips.

FC

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Re: wanted: usb-only, printing-only .deb
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013, 12:00:07 »
Finally, let me suggest to the nice project admins that if you repackage an usb-only,printing-only subset of the deb files, I'm sure it would please a lot of people, not just me.

This is essentially what you get if you download one of the driver .debs.  Yes, it also contains a very basic bit for network function and scanning, but these do not add much in the way of disk space.  On average, a driver .deb, along with the required network and common debs, is about 6 MB when installed.  The PPD packages are about 33 MB, but you can avoid installing the whole package by extracting out only the PPD that you want.  These are substantial improvements over the "single download" method Samsung provides, and which Samsung designed for desktop environments and not for embedded systems.

What you view as "simplifying" the process would actually lead to a massive increase in the number of debs and required maintenance time.  For example, a single .deb install for each printer, with and without scanning and/or networking, and available in the various driver versions (which is an important variable) would generate something like 5,000 packages.  And that still assumes that any GUI is a separate package.

Your other points are addressed in information available on the website, but the main driving factor for what you perceive as complexity is that I do this for free in very limited spare time.

 

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