I must admit that I am a bit surprised that there is such low interest in that topic already discussed at Hplip is buggy in manjaro (hp-setup fails with backtrace) so that it had to be closed several months ago.
Why is nobody taking care of this problem?
I tried the following advice:
sustitute python2 for python in the hashbangs
That did not help.
At the moment, I changed the offending code in
/usr/share/hplip/base/utils.py to read like below:
def printable(s): if s: # return s.translate(identity, unprintable) return s.translate(unprintable) else: return ""
hp-setup completes without crashing.
In light of these considerations, please kindly allow me the question: Is the maintainer of Manjaro’s official HPLIP package still alive?
Or should one try to install the package from the official HPLIP homepage instead?