Printing is a process for reproducing text and image, typically with ink on paper, using a printer or a printing press.

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Is there an alternative to CUPS?

When printing with Linux is there an alternative to using CUPS? After using it for a couple of weeks printing suddenly stopped working. The 'processing' light would come on and that would be the end. ...
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CUPS remote printer entry is stopped locally

My local CUPS daemon on my laptop has an entry for a remote printer on my CUPS server. My local CUPS daemon thinks this printer is stopped, but it's not. The only interface CUPS gives me to manage ...
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Adding printer from Gnome 3 on Debian Wheezy, Firewalld not running

I get an error trying to add a printer on Debian Wheezy that FirewallD is not running. I am trying to add a remote printer. There is no firewall on this computer, iptables blocks nothing, and there is ...
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General problem solving steps when print jobs hang in AIX?

What should I do if jobs are getting stuck in the print queue even after restarting spooling? $ stopsrc -g spooler $ startsrc -g spooler $ lpstat -oQUEUENAME | wc -l; sleep 30; lpstat -oQUEUENAME | ...
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Canon Pixma MG4150 not working on Arch Linux

I’m trying to install a Canon Pixma MG4150 multifunction printer on Arch Linux 3.5.4-1-ARCH x86_64. The device is not working out of the box, I didn’t find anything about this printer on Google for a ...
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Print dialog crashes, any workaround?

At work, where there are dozens of printers on the network, I'm no longer able to open the print dialog (the Gnome/Gtk one opened by firefox, evince, gedit, etc.). This happened one day with no ...
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What is “Print to File” and can it be used from command line?

When you select "Print to File" in a Gnome print dialog (not cups-pdf): ... what is the actual command that gets executed? (I'm interested in the postscript variant, as on the image) On the other ...
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Printing PDF with not embedded TrueType Font (cups / lpr)

I have a PDF in which the TrueType font OCRB is used, however the font is not embedded. So I tried to install the font on my system (which is by the way a SLES11 SP2), I did the following things: ...
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How do I set up a PostScript print queue to share a PCL laser printer and add PS fonts?

I would like to take a $100 PCL-compatible laser printer and hook it to my home network either through Wi-Fi or by connecting it directly to a Linux server by USB. Instead of using the ...
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Printing short latex snippets

Is there a way to quickly (render and) print short latex snippets like single equations? Something similar to echo "Some text" | lpr like make-latex-image "$\frac{some}{equation}$" | ...
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Installing HP DeskJet 3520 in CUPS

I am trying to install this printer into CUPS under Debian 6. The printer is automatically detected correctly and then I have a list of drivers to choose from. There is no driver for the 3520 - so I ...
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How to make a printer which is recognized but not working print

I'm running a Debian 6.0. I connected an HP 1000 J110 to my server which I access via SSH. Listing the USB ports it recognized it. Also I Pasted the PPD on the /etc/cups/ppd/ folder. Is the PPD my PC ...
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Is there a way to print to a preset location for print-to-file?

I would like to add a "printer" under Linux that would automatically print-to-file to a specific folder and default to PDF. The idea being that I could one-click-print documents for printing later in ...
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Why doesn't cups detect my canon selphy USB printer

I recently upgraded my system to a fresh install of Linux Mint 16. I was hoping that would support my Canon Selphy CP770, since that is claimed to be supported by the new version of Gutenprint. ...
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Zathura: how to print specified pages

I would like to print some pages from a large pdf file within Zathura (typically the current, or a range of pages). What is the syntax to do that? Edit: The solution was quite obvious... By the ...
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Enter user authentication details for a printer?

I have a printer which is configured using the correct drivers. However, the printer requires user authentication (i.e. a username and password) to print. Where are authentication details usually ...
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Printer “Filter failed” errors — 2 bizarre workarounds

These workarounds may help people deal with this fairly common problem -- and also maybe help an expert find a proper fix for it. I'm running Linux Mint 16 Mate edition, with an HP Deskjet 1000 (an ...
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Can't print to PDF using cups-pdf; used to work, now “failed to set file mode” printing as non-root

Here's something really odd: something that used to work fine in Debian, and then broke, even without a dist-upgrade. I used to be able to use the CUPS PDF virtual printer to print anything to a PDF ...
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Installing a printer without a ppd file

I am trying to set up a computer linux to be able to print from my printer: Brother DCP 7030. But (twist!) for security reasons this computer should never go online. So any software I need to install ...
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what interface does lpsched provide that cups does not?

Work has a Linux stock/erp custom system that uses the Unix System V (Solaris, SCO, HP-UX) lpsched program that someone who used to work here compiled for RHEL/CentOS 5 i686 (I have no idea why or ...
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printing problems with DDST (aka PCL6) printer RICOH Aficio SP C240DN

I'm having big problems printing on a RICOH Aficio SP C240DN (a color laser printer). CUPS/OpenPrinting doesn't have a driver for exactly this printer. There are similar numbers but not 240DN. It ...
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Ricoh Aficio SP 100su E

After installing a Ricoh Aficio SP 100su E printer (it does scanning as well), I've tried a tenth of the GDI and PCL (5e/6) generic and Ricoh drivers without any success. I've learned from Ricoh that ...
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CUPS denies access to printer

I've got a printer hooked up to my workstation (running PCLINUXOS2012) by USB. All was well until the last time I tried to apply updates to the packages - it went rather pear shaped - lots of upgrade ...
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CUPS gives 'Unable to open the initial device, quitting' when printing to network printer

I am trying to print over Wi-Fi to an HP Photosmart D110 printer which is successfully recognized by CUPS. But I only get a sheet with the error message Unable to open the initial device, quitting. ...
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Symbol on the border of pages when printing

I am using Debian (unstable) and I try to use a hp printer (hp Color Laserjet CP3525dn). I installed the last version of hplip. I have a problem when I try to print a US layout document in A4 paper. ...
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Get list of installed printers

Inside of a script I send a certain file to print using the lpr command on an user-selected printer. The list of the printers, from which the user selects the one to use, I get using the lpstat -a ...
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Automatically printing images with added captions

I have a lot of scanned images and images/photos I'm working on with multiple versions. When I print them (using various programs), all I get is the image and, often, it's difficult to tell which ...
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How to print file with the PCL escape sequences?

I have CUPS and use a program that produces the raw PCL format of the document I want to print. I have no problem printing a plain text file as lp filename but when I give a file that has PCL or ...
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How to make dot matrix printer print every line of 'tail -f'

I have a dot matrix printer, an Epson LQ-500. It works well with CUPS, and I use it to print listings sometimes, text files, etc. now, I'd like to use it as a logging printer. for that, I need it to ...
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Is there a tool or method for magnifying existing PostScript or PDF files for printing - not just for display

Almost all my printing, including web pages and emails works fine and has done so for years, but ... When I print web pages and emails, I routinely run into a few that print in something like 1 point ...
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foomatic-configure producing weird perl warnings

I am using CentOS 6.4 and trying to use the 'foomatic-configure' for print information and am receiving some weird errors: Perl: v5.10.1 foomatic: foomatic-4.0.4-1.el6_1.1.i686 Command line: ...
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Printing UTF-8 (including Chinese) text

I am trying to print a large quantity (several megabytes) of UTF-8 encoded text which consists of Chinese and Latin characters (and maybe a sprinkling of others). I would like to print it in several ...
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CUPS and printer security

I would like some help on securing a networked printer. Specifically, I'm interested in the following: 1) Preventing unauthorized access to the printer: I would like only certain laptops that connect ...
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Mandriva 2007 Cannot setup printer

I tried to use a printer that is shared by a Windows PC. When I try to Mandrive Control Center > Hardware > Set up printer, the window opens but there is no content. Only a window. Seems that ...
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Default printer in KDE 4 printer dialogs

How can I configure CUPS and/or KDE so that my printer is the default when I hit print in any KDE application (as opposed to the PDF printer)? It is set as default in CUPS, but that seems to have no ...
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CUPS: problem with color printing

I have two Debian machines, one has CUPS set up and I can print on my color printer, everything works fine. The other machine is new. I want to set up CUPS exactly same as on the first machine. I have ...
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How can I print half of a page to a pdf file?

I have a one page PDF file with scanned documents. I need to send only top half of this document to someone. How can I generate a new PDF document with only the top half of the original page, without ...
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Can groff create a ps file with interpreted ANSI escape characters?

This question is inspired by this one on SU. How can I print bold or color using lp and ANSI escape sequences? I know how to display, for example, bold text in the terminal: $ echo -e ...
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Permissions to print directly to USB printer

I've a netbook with Linux. I've a usb/serial printer and I added the line chmod 666 /dev/tty* to rc.local and it prints straight after a reboot. When I close the lid of a netbook for a while and then ...
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Default printing options in KDE 4 dialog

How can I set default printing options, so that they are always pre-populated in the KDE 4 print dialog window (when printing from Ocular for example)? EDIT: In particular I would like to set duplex ...
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Printing failure in Linux Mint 13

I installed Mint 13, 64-bit, Cinnamon, and have a Canon ImageClass MF4150 printer. I retrieved and installed the drivers. I added the printer and tried to print a test page. The message said ...
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lpr printing wrong ASCII characters

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04, the printing of plain text files with lpr on my HP LaserJet 2420 printer malfunctions in a very specific way: for each character that is supposed to be printed, the ...
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How to force lp from CUPS to print in grayscale?

I want to print an image from a command line: lp -o scaling=//100// image.jpg How can I force it to be printed in grayscale?
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Why does the column command not align columns properly?

In another question I asked on how to hide all .pyc files when using ls, Ignacio suggested the following: This, as I mentioned above, doesn't work precisely, since the output is occasionally ...
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How to merge 2 PDF files with interleaving pages order?

I've got a double-side-printed multipage document to scan with a linear bulk scanner. So, as the result I get 2 PDF files: one containing all odd pages and the second containing all even pages. I need ...
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How to print (Cups, lpr, whatever…) in grayscale in a _generic_ way?

Problem: E.g. Cups just offers options to manage colors. Unfortunately they are specific to the manufacturers model. I.e. xerox is using e.g. "XRXColor, BW", Dell "ColorModel, KGray" etc... I am ...
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How to enable 'Page Handling tab' in print dialog in Arch Linux

I've finally gotten around to setting up my printer in Arch Linux, but I've run into a problem. Printing works just fine, except that when I go to print a document, when I look in the options in the ...
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Reasonable literature on network printing (protocols)

I need some recommendations on reasonable and up-to-date literature about network printing, the corresponding protocols (ipp, lpdp, ...), printjob authentication and accounting in heterogenous ...
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Duplex printing without cups

Hhow do I print duplex with Berkely lpr? (Other lpd suggestions are welcome) It has no options on simplex/duplex modes, but I guess, that they were somehow able to print duplex back then.
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How to run an interactive script in CUPS's pipe?

On our custom system, we run a Windows VM. The task is to print via the system below it (linux), which is responsible for the identity management, such that print jobs can be accounted at the print ...