[Bug 1536353] Re: [regression] Printer drivers install is broken as lsb package is not available anymore

Arup arup.chowdhury at gmail.com
Mon May 9 17:25:29 UTC 2016


ESCPR method doesn't work for CISS printers like Epson L800 and
therefore there is no other way but to install via .deb from Epson site,
also the utility for ink tank status and nozzle cleaning needs lsb as
well. Please fix this issue so all of us can continue using 16.04 and
enjoy its benefits over 14.04 that we currently need to use for
compatibility.

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Title:
  [regression] Printer drivers install is broken as lsb package is not
  available anymore

Status in cups-filters package in Ubuntu:
  Confirmed
Status in epson-inkjet-printer-escpr package in Ubuntu:
  Fix Released
Status in lsb package in Ubuntu:
  Confirmed
Status in system-config-printer package in Ubuntu:
  Invalid

Bug description:
  Starting with Xenial, lsb compatibility packages were dropped (besides
  lsb-release and lsb-base):

  lsb (9.20150826) unstable; urgency=low

    * Drop all the LSB compatibility packages besides lsb-release and lsb-base
      - Drop packages-availability checking in lsb-release
      - Truncate README.Debian to a minimum
      - Document this in lsb-base.NEWS.Debian
    * Change the versioning number to avoid any ambiguity; use joeyh's
      version.date, with version being Debian next stable's

   -- Didier Raboud <odyx at debian.org>  Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0200

  The problem is that downloadable printer drivers (like the ones from
  Openprinting, but also from other available providers) that are
  suggested when installing a printer on Ubuntu depends on lsb, which is
  not available anymore:

  epson-inkjet-printer-201106w:
   Dépend: lsb (>=3.2) but it is not installable

  This triggers a regression where it is not possible to setup a printer
  this way (downloading a driver where no local driver is available)
  anymore.

  I see two possible solutions:

  - Add a proper replaces field to one of the remaining lsb-* packages,
  to hopefully fix missing lsb package (maybe it would be useful to also
  replace other compability packages that are not built anymore).

  - Re-introduce LSB compatibility packages, but that might be an
  overkill.

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