Will there be a standalone "kprinter4" dialog in KDE4? (was: Re: KDE4 printing: results of IRC meeting)

Kurt Pfeifle k1pfeifle at gmx.net
Fri Sep 14 22:11:06 BST 2007

Kevin Krammer wrote:
> On Friday 14 September 2007, Kurt Pfeifle wrote:
>> Kevin Krammer wrote:
>>> On Friday 14 September 2007, Kurt Pfeifle wrote:
>>>> As most of you are aware (or are you not?), a big chunk of the useful-
>>>> ness of kprinter in KDE3 stems from the fact that you could run it as
>>>> a standalone app.
>>> Any KDE application can use the printing system available in kdelibs,
>>> even a commandline application,
>>> Based on the general use case, I think it might best be done through a
>>> special mode for Okular.
>>> It can read/import loads of formats and it will support printing anyway.
>>> Probably mostly a question of adding reading from stdin and going right
>>> into print mode.
>> Sorry, I don't understand your first paragraph. Especially not in the
>> context of the one you quoted.
> You were asking about the kprinter commandline application and a possible 
> successor in a KDE4 context.
> If it was possible in KDE3 to read data from a file or stdin and print it 
> through KDE's printing system, I see no technical reason why this should not 
> be possible with KDE4

Ah, you meant to say "Yes, it is easy to create separate commandline appli-
cation that links to ${kde4printlib}.so". Good, now I got it.  ;-)

>> I also don't comprehend your second one. Nor your third.
> Since the application's job is to read data and potentially make it printable, 
> I thought of the multi-format support in Okular, i.e. an application based on 
> the same "engine" or even Okular itself, could read the data as kprinter used 
> to do and, potentially after re-formating/drawing/re-coding it, print it.


Thanks. (Now if only there were kde4-okular packages with PDF support
        from the distro I picked to install solely because of their
        supposedly stellar "KDE4 testing" support.... *sigh*)

Kurt Pfeifle
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