[CentOS] pnm2ppa gone, in any repo?

Ted Miller tedjeanmiller at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jul 11 23:48:54 UTC 2008

Ted Miller wrote:
> I can't get my HP DeskJet 712C to print via cups.  I believe the reason 
> is that according to 
> http://www.redhat.com/archives/epel-devel-list/2007-May/msg00002.html 
> the pnm2ppa filter got dropped between RHEL 4 and RHEL 5, or between 
> Fedora 6 and RHEL 5, depending on how you look at it.
> Foomatic still generates the pnm2ppa.xml file, but there is no pnm2ppa 
> binary filter installed, so any print attempt ends with an error message.
> I don't find that any repo I have installed has picked this up for 
> x86_64 architecture.  Do I need to add a repo?  Has this not been an 
> issue for enough people that someone has made it available from a repo?
> Right now this has been a show-stopper on upgrading from Centos 4 to 5, 
> as it is hard to use the workstation without a printer.  Any help 
> appreciated.

Since no repo seems to be interested in adding this printer driver, I 
installed the one included with Fedora 6 (rpm doesn't care what repo it 
came from, if you can get the URL right), and so far it is working.  At 
least I can start using my Centos 5 workstation.

It would be nice if someone would add this to some repo somewhere, so it 
could be installed by yum.  Unfortunately, it only supports a half dozen 
printers, so I guess it is hard to get anyone motivated.

Ted Miller

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