Why are there 2 printer daemons running by default?

Jelle de Jong jelledejong at powercraft.nl
Tue Mar 6 18:27:44 UTC 2007

Joachim Ziegler wrote:
> Hello Harold,
> Harold Aling wrote:
>> Only if plug-and-play will start hplib automatically so that the user 
>> doesn't have to do anything to get his/her printer/scanner working...
> Sorry, I do not understand your statement.
> I do not have an HP attached, so this service should not be started on 
> my machine (according to Xubuntu's philosophy of being lean). Of course, 
> if more than 50% of all Xubuntu users have an HP attached, then this 
> service should probably be enabled by default. But have they? I am in 
> doubt...
> You could start a lot of services in advance so that some users would 
> not have to do anything to get their hardware working. But this would 
> not be a lean distribution.
> Greetings and thank you all for your fantastic work in Xubuntu,
> Joachim


It is the Ubuntu philosophy that Linux should just work. So if a user
attached a printer it should just be detected and able to install.

Ubuntu loads a lot of daemons by default like evms and raid stuff and
restricted drivers etcetera to create the effect that Linux just works.
Of course it will make your boot process slower but that is the price to

Do you understand now?

with the sudo update-rc -f daemon remove you can remove the daemons from
the init.d system be very careful with this and back up you init.d systems.

PS. this is more a user list question!

Best regards,


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