[CentOS] pnm2ppa gone, in any repo?

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Sat Jul 12 19:45:50 UTC 2008

On Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 5:48 PM, Ted Miller <tedjeanmiller at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> 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.

Well I wouldn't say that 'no repo' is interested... its more that the
repos look for suggestions on their lists. Asking on this list can
sometimes do it, but most likely it will get missed.

> 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.

The first person to get motivated is yourself. Dag, atrpms, rpmrepo,
epel etc all look for people to do this... because well Dag, Axel, and
most of the EPEL people have other jobs and need more sleep than they
get.  If it fits your need 'get-er-done and help others'.

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Stephen J Smoogen. -- BSD/GNU/Linux
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