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From: Sebastian Günther <samson@...>
Subject: Re: Can't emerge xfce4 with installed lprng. :-(
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 12:07:35 +0200
* Alan Mackenzie (acm@...) [24.07.08 11:42]:
> Hi, excellent people!
> 
> Having got X11 installed and "working", I need a window manager.  Why
> not XFCE, as supplied on the installation disk?
> 
> # emerge xfce didn't work - "Portage: Don't know what xfce is".
> Scrabbled aroud /usr/portage, then # emerge xfce4 started working.
> 
> Why the 4 do I have to type xfce4, not xfce?  Anyhow, that's a minor
> point.
> 
Just a tip: maybe you should use emerge -s for such things, or eix.
And iirc there were older xfce implementation besides xfce4 in the tree

> The major point was that portage refused to install xfce because it said
> that
> 
>     [blocks B     ] net-print/lprng (is blocking net-print/cups-1.3.7-r1)
>     [blocks B     ] net-print/cups (is blocking net-print/lprng-3.8.28)
> 
>      * Error: The above package list contains packages which cannot be
>      * installed at the same time on the same system.
> 
> .  I.e., it wants to override my decision to use lprng as print program
> and put in cups instead.  This is a bit of a cheek!
> 
> Why isn't xfce configured merely to install "some print daemon", rather
> than specifically cups?  For that matter, why must it install a print
> daemon at all?  Not every X user has a printer or wants to print.
> 
> What can I do about this?  I really don't want to have to install cups.
> 

xfce4 is just a meta package, meaning the only purpose is to give you 
dependencies on the real packages. And this dependencies are quite 
general to meet the most people's needs.

Just look in the ebuild to get a starting point. And now by doing it 
myself, I see that it honors the cups useflag. It maybe enable by your 
profile. So disabling it might resolve your problem.

HTH
Sebastian

-- 
 " Religion ist das Opium des Volkes. "      Karl Marx

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