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D-Bus service for installing printer drivers


eos-config-service provides a D-Bus activatable service to install printer drivers in EOS providing the type of driver (an integer) and a variable dictionary of string arguments (depending on the type).

At the moment, only drivers coming from and packaged as debian files are supported, so the required parameters to install those will be the following ones:

  • Type, always set to 1 for now (meaning 'OpenPrinting drivers')
  • A dictionary of two string elements maximum, indexed by string keys:
    • 'uri' (required): the URI to download the package
    • 'fingerprint' (optional): GPG public key used to sign the APT repository the package will be downloaded from. If present, the package from 'uri' will be validated before installing it.

The InstallDriver service will receive those parameters and, after checking that the needed Polkit policies are satisfied for the current user (should belong to 'lpadmin' group), will proceed with the verification and installation of the printer driver.

There are 7 different stages:

  1. Download the .deb package pointed by URI to a temporary location
  2. Validate the package with the GPG-based signature, if needed
  3. Extract the contents of the .deb package to a temporary location
  4. Move the extracted files to their intented location, under '/opt'
  5. Create the symlinks from '/var/lib/cups/ppd/eos-config-printer/', pointing to '/opt//', so that CUPS can find them
  6. On succesful completion, notify the calling process passing a list of the absolute paths to the installed PPD files
  7. On error, report the error via a GError with a descriptive message

Last, a symlink pointing from '/usr/share/ppd/eos-config-printer/' to '/var/lib/cups/ppd/eos-config-printer/' is required for CUPS to be able to find the installed PPD files without requiring additional configuration. In EOS, we create this symlink as part of the installation of the CUPS package, but


eos-config-printer is Copyright (C) 2015 Endless Mobile, Inc. and is licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

Additionally, the following components from system-config-printer, licensed under the same license GNU General Public License with Copyright (C) 2006 - 2015 Red Hat, Inc., were reused:

  • is Copyright (C) 2008, 2010 Red Hat, Inc.
  • is Copyright (C) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Red Hat, Inc.

See the COPYING file for the full version of the GNU GPLv2 license


D-Bus service for installing printer drivers




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