stop hotplug from detecting things connected to usb (but still noticing usb itself)
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You could most likely make some low-level changes (the likes of which I wouldn't know) but what you're basically asking USB to do is not act like USB. One of the primary purposes of USB is to allow all daisy-chained devices to act as if they are not daisy chained: Having a hub makes no difference to your USB controller, for example.
What would be much easier to fix is: figure out why you're having problems on boot-up with the printer.
ya, i guess i probably was asking too much
the problem was not really the module, but what hotplug was doing to the system links or whatnot, and that is something cups did not like
anyway, i seem to have solved my problem (although it doesn't seem as though anything has truly changed when i bootup)
i figured that i really don't ever want automatic modprobing done for anything i attach to my usb devices and that i could simply do some modprobing manually or through rc.localhost to setup usb, but i do like hotplug's automatic pci modprobing
thus i decided to alter rc.hotplug and changed all the places that said *.rc to pci.rc so that it would hopefully only do pci stuff and avoid usb.rc
i reboot after making these changes (with my printer on) but to my dismay, i still saw automatic usb modprobing done and saw that it recognized the printer (which was exactly what i did not want it to do) but it skipped a step that was done before
i go into gnome and try to print... amazingly it worked (i tried with my printer off at bootup and it worked as well)
although everything is fine now with my printer, just a curiosity, why is hotplug still doing usb modprobing when i specifically told it to only do pci scripts? is there another file that hotplug looks to to tell it to do things?