KDE printing disasters

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Wed Oct 1 16:05:42 BST 2008

On Sunday 28 September 2008 22:20:33 James Richard Tyrer wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > Is there anywhere apart from the configure print job dialogue to set
> > default settings? I'm using a printer capable of duplex and n-up
> > printing, but I'm having huge problems. It seems to insist that I am
> > printing onto rolodex cards, no matter what I tell it about using A4. It
> > prints one A4's-worth onto a tiny space on the page, dries the ink, then
> > turns out 5 empty sides before printing another tiny image.
> >
> > Are default settings configurable?
> Did you read the documentation?  Is there any documentation?  ARGH!
> IAC, the Properties dialog box does not have a save button.  So, I don't
> know if it always saves values which you enter or never saves them.  I
> consider that a bug that should be reported.
> I presume that you have opened the "Properties" dialog and selected your
> paper size and despite this, it prints using some smaller size.
> It also would make some difference what application you are using.
> With additional information, I will try it although I don't have any A4
> paper  US letter is close enough.
> > Is this a version problem or a distro problem?
> It could be a distro problem since KDE depends  on CUPS/FooMatic for the
> actual printing.  I would suspect that it is the actual printing system
> that is at fault.
> > Can we look forward to seeing brochure printing again?
> I presume that what you want is 2 up duplex that orders the pages
> correctly (landscape: 4,1,2,3) so that you have a brochure when you fold
> the page in half.
> Don't know, put in a feature request.

I'm completely stumped with the bug report.  This problem is not confined to 
any end-user application, but to the printer properties control, as far as I 
can see.  Searching on bugs.kde.org against 'printer properties' doesn't 
bring up anything.  What application should I file this against?

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