KDE printing disasters

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Fri Oct 3 04:38:36 BST 2008

Anne Wilson wrote:
> 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?
Try kprint or kprinter.


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