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Re: Re-enabling cups option in gtk3 writes:

> (Gotta reply awkwardly, I don't subscribe to the mailing list...)
> On Sat, May 09, 2020 at 11:59:07AM +0200, Leonardo Taccari wrote:
>> I would add a third reason (and I think that was also pointed out last
>> time in <>):
>>  - IMO a GUI toolkit should not force the user to install a print server
>> (...and at least last time I had checked it the `cups' option was
>> disabled by default for all packages).
>> Also, why should it be enabled by default? (I think that it provides a
>> more customized print "widget" when printing via, e.g.
>> `gtk3-demo --run=printing' but this and previous discussion did not
>> clearly mention that)
>> I would prefer that it is disabled by default for the 3rd reason.
> So, CUPS consists of two parts:
> - The printing server
> - libcups, and I assume GTK3 wants to use libcups to speak to CUPS.
> I could attempt to split CUPS into two parts, a very bare bones
> no-server libcups and the server.
> I don't know whether it'll win any minimalism contests, it probably
> would still require as many dependencies.

I think the issue with cups as a dependency is not the weight, but that
it installs server programs and particularly binaries like lpr that
shadow base programs.  I think if the cups libraries are installed, but
not the server pieces and especially not lpr, then there really is no

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