[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#472660: xfprint4: needs dependency on 'a2ps'

David Witbrodt dawitbro at sbcglobal.net
Tue Mar 25 16:16:25 UTC 2008

Package: xfprint4
Version: 4.4.2-1~bpo40+2
Severity: normal

I have been configuring my printer, an old HP DeskJet
6122 inkjet model, to work on Etch.  After
successfully setting up the printer with the CUPS web
interface, and configuring 'lpoptions' so that 'lp'
and 'lpr' have nice-looking output, I then moved on to
configuring GUI
apps.  I use XFCE4 instead of Gnome or KDE.

Trying to print a test document from 'mousepad', I got
a dialog box with an error message:


I thought I needed to do further XFCE configuration to
allow printing, but when I checked

  Xfce -> Settings -> Printing System Settings

I found that the "Printing System Selection" was
already set to CUPS.

Reading the relevant documentation available at

  Help -> Xfhelp4

I found this interesting blurb:

    The xfprint4 application allows the user to print
    files of many different types and to set the
    printing options. For this it makes use
    of the a2ps application.  [...]

After a quick 'aptitude install a2ps' I found that all
of the printing features of XFCE were working as
indicated by the documentation.  Printing my document
using 'mousepad' now worked fine.

I am currently using the backports.org version of
XFCE4 (see above), but previously was using the version available from the standard Etch
repositories.  I believe the old version at least had
a "Recommends" on 'a2ps' and 'psutils', but this
backports version has
only a "Suggests" on 'psutils' and no mention of
'a2ps' at all in its dependencies!

Dave Witbrodt

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (990, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8

Versions of packages xfprint4 depends on:
ii  libatk1.0-0            1.12.4-3          The ATK
accessibility toolkit
ii  libc6                  2.3.6.ds1-13etch5 GNU C
Library: Shared libraries
ii  libcairo2              1.2.4-4           The Cairo
2D vector graphics libra
ii  libcupsys2             1.2.7-4etch3      Common
UNIX Printing System(tm) - 
ii  libfontconfig1         2.4.2-1.2         generic
font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6           2.2.1-5+etch2     FreeType
2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.12.4-2          The GLib
library of C routines
ii  libgnutls13            1.4.4-3           the GNU
TLS library - runtime libr
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.8.20-7          The GTK+
graphical user interface 
ii  libpango1.0-0          1.14.8-5          Layout
and rendering of internatio
ii  libpng12-0             1.2.15~beta5-1    PNG
library - runtime
ii  libx11-6               2:1.0.3-7         X11
client-side library
ii  libxcursor1            1.1.7-4           X cursor
management library
ii  libxext6               1:1.0.1-2         X11
miscellaneous extension librar
ii  libxfce4mcs-client3    4.4.2-1~bpo40+1   Client
library for Xfce4 configure
ii  libxfce4mcs-manager3   4.4.2-1~bpo40+1   Manager
library for Xfce4 configur
ii  libxfce4util4          4.4.2-1~bpo40+1   Utility
functions library for Xfce
ii  libxfcegui4-4          4.4.2-1~bpo40+1   Basic GUI
C functions for Xfce4
ii  libxfixes3             1:4.0.1-5         X11
miscellaneous 'fixes' extensio
ii  libxi6                 1:1.0.1-4         X11 Input
extension library
ii  libxinerama1           1:1.0.1-4.1       X11
Xinerama extension library
ii  libxrandr2             2:       X11 RandR
extension library
ii  libxrender1            1:0.9.1-3         X
Rendering Extension client libra
ii  zlib1g                 1:1.2.3-13       
compression library - runtime

xfprint4 recommends no packages.

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