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I'm having trouble printing in landscape mode in a Gentoo (AMD64) installation.

The setup:

CUPS-1.7.5
CUPS-Filters-1.0.54
ghostscript-gpl-9.14
proprietary brother drivers

Printer: Brother DCP 7065dn

It will not print in landscape in any application (LO, acroread, evince etc..). Instead it is printing the proper image (e.g multiple pages are ordered as I would expect them to be in this mode) but in the wrong orientation. Brlaser (an alt. driver) doesn't offer duplex printing; and the printer works fine from a windows machine. In most applications I have no option of printer language, and in the ones which I do (namely acroread) it makes no difference.

This seems to be something of an ongoing problem in Linux, not just with this setup. Has anyone been able to overcome the problem?

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  • I have a Brother HL5350DN and MFC6490CW both with brother drivers driven by an Ubuntu 12.04 system. No problems printing landscape for either of them (evince, LibreOffice, eog). cups 1.5.3, ghostscript 9.05
    – Anthon
    Commented Sep 9, 2014 at 19:30
  • The problem seems to be constrained to various versions of CUPS, ghostscript, and printer drivers; a google of "linux landscape printing" reveals numerous problems with varying degrees of resolution. Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 15:22
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    Rotate your printer 90º and print....
    – user34720
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 16:33
  • Ok. that was a really bad joke. I'm sorry...
    – user34720
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 16:33

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Brlaser author here. From your question I can't tell if you have landscape printing problems with my driver or not. If you have, please file a bug report on Github, preferably including a sample document and the printer settings used.

There's a chance you're just confused by the printer settings dialogs of the programs you've tested with:

  • Evince has an "Auto rotate and center" option that's enabled by default. With that option the page orientation setting is effectively ignored.

  • LibreOffice Writer has two page orientation options: one in the Page Style dialog and one in the Printer Settings dialog. I don't know how those two interact.

I wasn't aware the DCP-7065DN was a duplex printer. The person who tested brlaser with that model didn't mention it. I'll look into it, it should be pretty easy to get that working.

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