[CentOS] hplip packages centos4

Robert kerplop at sbcglobal.net
Tue Feb 16 17:33:09 UTC 2010

Terry Polzin wrote:
> On Tuesday February 16 2010 04:45:05 John Doe wrote:
>> From: Terry Polzin<foxec208 at wowway.com>
>>> where can I find packages for hplip and it's deps for centos4x?
>> Google pointed to this...
>> http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html
>> JD
> Been there, just source not a helpful site at all.  Hplip's many deps that
> seem to be outside the mainstream distro make it hard to compile.
It has been too long ago to remember the details but I just mounted a 
CentOS-4 disk to verify that I did, in fact, rebuild hplip for 
CentOS-4.  I don't know where the SRPM came from (I suspect it was for 
some version of Fedora) but it successfully built on that CentOS-4 box.  
I *DO* remember that there were allegedly some problems with scanning 
and faxing on all-in-one printers back then but all I needed was the 
"supplies" (ink levels) function.

[root at madeleine oldsys]# find . -type f -name hplip-0.9.7-4.2.i386.rpm 
-exec ls -l {} \;
-rw-rw-r-- 1 rj 501 6725260 Jan 15  2006 

[root at madeleine oldsys]# rpm -qip 
Name        : hplip                        Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 0.9.7                             Vendor: (none)
Release     : 4.2                           Build Date: Sun 15 Jan 2006 
10:40:46 PM CST
Install Date: (not installed)               Build Host: mavis.localdomain
Group       : System Environment/Daemons    Source RPM: 
Size        : 8597226                          License: GPL/MIT/BSD
Signature   : (none)
URL         : http://sourceforge.net/projects/hpinkjet
Summary     : HP Linux Imaging and Printing Project
Description :
The Hewlett-Packard Linux Imaging and Printing Project provides
drivers for HP printers and multi-function peripherals.
[root at madeleine oldsys]#

The source is no longer in the SRPMS directory and I have no idea where 
I got it -- but if I were guessing, I'd guess it was from Rpmforge.
If I were doing it, I would try rebuilding some SRPMS **BUT** before 
installing one of those homemade puppies, run this little script to be 
certain that the RPM contains no files that will over-write existing files.

rpm -qlp $T > /tmp/xxfiles.txt
echo "/etc/X11/xorg.conf" >> /tmp/xxfiles.txt
while read F
if [ -e "$F" ]
   echo "$F Exists!"
done < /tmp/xxfiles.txt
(The 4th line above is there only as a quick test that the script will 
report conflicts.)

BTW, if you keep the "xxfiles", copied somewhere safe and renamed, you 
should be able to easily undo any silliness that results.

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