We have a corporate printer database, and a simple script which will query it and "discover" the printers in the office where the user is based.
To generate the CUPS uri, we can use 'hp-makeuri -c'. This queries the printer by SNMP to obtain the IEEE1284 ident string, and creates a URI appropriately.
We then *want* the IEEE1284 ident string, since that needs to be in the output that CUPS sees too (and GNOME control-center fails if it isn't). So we would need to fetch it from each printer for a *second* time, since the information isn't available from hp-makeuri (or the backend python libraries that it calls).
This doubles the time it takes to query each printer. And time is a problem, since there is a timeout on discovery (cf. bug 996664).
It would be useful if hp-makeuri would give me the information I need in a single invocation.
As it is, I've ditched hp-makeuri completely and I'm doing it myself. But this is horrid. Don't make me do this :)
(And yes, it sucks that I have to give a dotted-quad IP address instead of the hostname, and I have no idea how it works with IPv6).
printers = db.printer_query(location)
for p in printers:
ip = socket.gethostbyname(p['hostname'])
# The hp-makeuri tool will query the IEEE1284 ident string to
# generate the URI, but there's no way to get it to *tell* us
# what the ident string was, and we need it too. So rather than
# doubling the latency by fetching it again for ourselves, we
# just do it once and generate the URI for ourselves. It isn't
# particularly complex.
var = netsnmp.Varbind('.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168.7.0')
devid = netsnmp.snmpget(var, DestHost=ip, Version=1)
idmodel = None
iddesc = None
for idpart in devid.split(';'):
idmodel = idpart[4:]
idmodel = idpart[6:]
iddesc = idpart[4:]
iddesc = idpart[12:]
if idmodel is None:
# This check is never going to fail, since the SNMP query is HP-specific
# in the first place. But just in case we fix that...
if idmodel.startswith("HP") or idmodel.startswith("hp"):
# This matches generalize_model() in hpmud.c
uri='hp:/net/' + re.sub('_+$', '', re.sub('[/ ]+', '_', idmodel))+ '?ip=' + ip
uri='socket://%s:9100' % p['hostname']
if iddesc is None:
iddesc = idmodel
location = "%s %s-%s" % ( p['sitecity'], p['building'], p['floor'] )
if p['pole'] != "n/a":
location = location + " (" + p['pole'] + ")"
devinfo = iddesc + " (" + location + ")"
# device-class device-uri "device-make-and-model" "device-info" "device-id" "device-location"
print "%s %s \"%s\" \"%s\" \"%s\" \"%s\"" % (
backend, uri, iddesc, devinfo, devid, location )
except Exception, e: