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FS#68137 - openprinting support dropped from ghostscript package

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Drew DeVault (SirCmpwn) - Wednesday, 07 October 2020, 15:23 GMT
Last edited by Andreas Radke (AndyRTR) - Wednesday, 07 October 2020, 16:37 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages: Extra
Status Closed
Assigned To Andreas Radke (AndyRTR)
Architecture All
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


The ghostscript package dropped openprinting support in version 9.52. This breaks some printer drivers. To correct this, add --with-openprinting to the configure arguments.
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Closed by  Andreas Radke (AndyRTR)
Wednesday, 07 October 2020, 16:37 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Additional comments about closing:  9.53.3-2
Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Wednesday, 07 October 2020, 15:56 GMT

From the commit message:;a=commitdiff;h=66c2469c7d4543f32d6dc93edf1d649e809b8419

That option does not appear in the --help output because we want people to have to ask us about it, so we know if people actually use opvp/oprp, and still need them.

From the release notes:

IMPORTANT: In consultation with a representative of (OpenPrinting) it is our intention to deprecate and, in the not distant future, remove the OpenPrinting Vector/Raster Printer Drivers (that is, the opvp and oprp devices).


It does seem reasonable to provide still-in-use functionality for as long as it's still there.
Comment by Andreas Radke (AndyRTR) - Wednesday, 07 October 2020, 16:25 GMT
So please follow upstream advice and ask them about your desired driver. No idea what and how many printers are affected.

Not sure if we should add it back if upstream disables the support by default and wants to drop it completely pretty soon.
Comment by Drew DeVault (SirCmpwn) - Wednesday, 07 October 2020, 16:26 GMT
Have a thread open with the committer. Should probably be added back to Arch regardless given that it does break some drivers which are in active use.