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Minor update and major elimination of packages
« on: July 03, 2021, 11:27:48 »
Minor update to a few packages to allow for installation on ARM systems (Raspberry Pi in particular) via emulation.

I have removed many packages that were of little or no use to anyone, based on multiple years of download data:
  * The "armel" packages that were never of much use (and whatever use they had is obseleted by the ability to emulate amd64 on ARM).
  * The Qt3 version of the Configurator and all associated old library files, which have been out of date for nearly a decade.
  * Driver versions 3.00.90, 4.00.35, and 4.00.36.  Use driver version 4.00.39 instead (or, if your printer is supported, 4.01.17 or driver2 1.00.39).
  * Driver2 versions 1.00.06, 1.00.27, 1.00.29, 1.00.35, and 1.00.36.  Use driver2 version 1.00.39 instead.
  * ppd-3 (was only required by driver2 1.00.06).

I have not created transitional packages of the eliminated versions, so users who have the old versions installed are free to continue using or to move to the later version.  However, it is no longer possible to install the versions listead above using the repository.  None of those versions are essential for any particular printer (as far as I know).  If for some reason you still need to do a fresh install of one of those versions, the installers from Samsung are still available for download.  You can also post to the forum and I will consider restoring a deleted package if there is a clear use case that requires it.

I did not remove driver version 3.00.37 because it still sees a surprisingly high use, but there really should not be any need for that version.  For a couple of printers, the limit is 3.00.65 (still available), and everyone else using 3.00.37 should really move to 4.00.39, 4.01.17, or driver2 1.00.39 if they support your printer.  I may eliminate it in a year or so.

See also the previous announcement about the limitations for the Qt4 version of the Configurator.  That version is not installable in any recent (mid-2020 or later) distro version, and insecure in any installation.  I expect I will remove those packages entirely in approximately 1 year.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2021, 08:15:46 »
Hello,

Is driver2 version 1.00.29 deb package available for manual download anywhere?

I'm using it for my printer (SCX-3405W) now, so I'd like to have a chance to revert in case of any issues after upgrade to 1.00.39 version.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2021, 11:23:12 »
Is driver2 version 1.00.29 deb package available for manual download anywhere?

I'm using it for my printer (SCX-3405W) now, so I'd like to have a chance to revert in case of any issues after upgrade to 1.00.39 version.

The deb for 1.00.29 is not currently available, but can be if there is a need.  So if you decide to upgrade to 1.00.39 and run into trouble, I can make it possible to revert back.

That said, there is no reason for you to do anything if 1.00.29 is working for you.  The fact that the 1.00.29 package is no longer available does not mean you must change to 1.00.39, or that there is any advantage to doing so.  I simplified the offerings because I did not perceive any dis-advantages - but for everyone with a working installation, leaving things as they are is perfectly fine.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2021, 06:18:47 »
1.00.39 version doesn't work for me - it prints just completely black pages!

In the error log I can see:
D [13/Jul/2021:11:15:40 +0200] [Job 231] free(): invalid pointer
D [13/Jul/2021:11:15:40 +0200] [Job 231] PID 14518 (/usr/lib/cups/filter/rastertospl) crashed on signal 6.

The same issue is discussed here, but I didn't find a way how to fix it.
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/samsung-unified-driver-common/

So could you place 1.00.29 back into the repo, please? Thank you.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2021, 06:59:19 »
1.00.39 version doesn't work for me - it prints just completely black pages!

In the error log I can see:
D [13/Jul/2021:11:15:40 +0200] [Job 231] free(): invalid pointer
D [13/Jul/2021:11:15:40 +0200] [Job 231] PID 14518 (/usr/lib/cups/filter/rastertospl) crashed on signal 6.

The same issue is discussed here, but I didn't find a way how to fix it.
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/samsung-unified-driver-common/
My interpretation of that thread is that solving the issue requires updating the driver, removing the existing printer installation, restarting (the system or just cupsd), and then adding the printer as a new printer.  So you might want to try that first (obviously you have done the first step).

So could you place 1.00.29 back into the repo, please? Thank you.
In the event you do not want to try the above sequence or it does not work, 1.00.29 should be available now if you refresh the repository listing.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2021, 10:23:59 »
My interpretation of that thread is that solving the issue requires updating the driver, removing the existing printer installation, restarting (the system or just cupsd), and then adding the printer as a new printer.  So you might want to try that first (obviously you have done the first step).
Unfortunately this procedure didn't work for me. I still got a black pages.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2021, 08:12:18 »
Is the issue fixed by reverting back to 1.00.29?  If not, my recommendation would be to completely uninstall all the packages and the printer, restart cups or reboot, and then re-install everything.

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Re: Minor update and major elimination of packages
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2021, 08:46:47 »
Is the issue fixed by reverting back to 1.00.29?  If not, my recommendation would be to completely uninstall all the packages and the printer, restart cups or reboot, and then re-install everything.
Yes, 1.00.29 works fine. I've tried the driver upgrade in the past already (not sure about the version number) and had exactly the same issue. That's why I stayed with 1.00.29.

 

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