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We have two different Kyocera printers running for printing invoices. The invoices are PDF files that have been generated by wkhtmltopdf (previously dompdf with the same issues). Printing these invoices used to work fine, but suddenly without any interference only part of the files are printed. Different invoices result in different but all still broken prints. I'm talking about e.g. four lines of text and a single rectangle, or the lines of a table and the image header only.

CUPS, which I'm using to print, shows me the following error for each PDF:

W [12/Nov/2016:09:45:01 +0100] [Job 80] /var/spool/cups/d00080-001: file is damaged
W [12/Nov/2016:09:45:01 +0100] [Job 80] /var/spool/cups/d00080-001 (file     position 34956): xref not found
W [12/Nov/2016:09:45:01 +0100] [Job 80] /var/spool/cups/d00080-001: Attempting to reconstruct cross-reference table

I am clueless as to why this happens, as every other PDF reader can show generated invoices just fine. Printing the same files with Acrobat Reader will not cause any of these problems.

What part of the system is causing this problem? How did this start happening suddenly without me (the only one touching the printing system) even being at the office. Is there a workaround?

PS: The printers are a Kyocera ECOSYS P2135dn and a Kyocera FS-1370DN. Both using their identically named official driver installed from the kyocera website. I am running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with CUPS 2.1.3.

  • I'd be tempted to hunt around to see what has changed, whether within the application, the OS, or the printers. – steve Nov 12 '16 at 9:41
  • Where would I start? I have been away for a week. The application generating the PDFs is still at the same revision, the OS has only done its unattended security updates, and the printers do not even try to update automatically. – Villermen Nov 12 '16 at 9:53
  • check you are not running out of disk space. – meuh Nov 12 '16 at 10:20
  • I've just checked that. The application and printer servers are both fine on disk and inode usage. – Villermen Nov 12 '16 at 10:42
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    What happens if you convert one of the PDFs that won't print to Postscript, and print the resulting postscript? – dirkt Nov 12 '16 at 11:48

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