When trying to get to work Epson scanners which are only supported by
the iscan driver (not a Debian package, sources provided by
http://www.avasys.jp/lx-bin2/linux_e/scan/DL1.do), I find out that on
Debian Lenny libsane depends on libsane-extras, and libsane-extras is
getting in the way of iscan install (they are both providing
I did the install on Ubuntus Hardy Heron 64 and had no problem
(libsane-extras isn't required with libsane). But when trying to do the
install on Lenny 64 I ran into this issue and wondered why
libsane-extras has to be dragged along with libsane since most of the
time it's not really required.
I got the issue worked-around by creating a .deb of iscan and "dpkg -i
--force-overwrite" it, but it's dirty, apt is going to complain on next
libsane-extras update and possibly break everything.
Can someone enlighten me about the necessity of libsane-extras being a
libsane dependency and not a "recommended" when "extras" should only be
Is there a way to not have libsane-extras installed along with libsane
despite it being a dependency, and blacklist it forever from
apt/aptitude upgrades ?
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