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I'm having trouble correctly setting up an Epson SX535WD network printer to print two-sided (along the long edge) pages.

I've downloaded two *.rpm files from Epson's website but I think the *.ppd files are not getting recognized by the OS because when I try to print any pdf document via evince...

  1. the print out doesn't come out well-centered in A4 format pages but seem to have been scaled down and nailed to the upper left corner of the sheet;
  2. duplex feature (or sides=two-sided-long-edge) is missing but I know that this model supports it. Why is it not there?

I tried to manually decompress the corresponding .ppd file under /opt/epson-inkjet-printer-201106w/ppds/Epson/Epson-Stylus_SX535WD_Series-epson-driver.ppd.gz, place it in two possible locations for the OS to find them (/usr/share/ppd and /usr/share/cups/model), then restarted the cups service (sudo service cups restart).

So far no luck in getting the Duplex feature recognized by evince's printer GUI. What am I missing out?

$ ls -hl /usr/share/ppd
total 376K
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root 4.0K Dec 12 13:48 Epson
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root   38 Dec 10 15:39 epson-inkjet-printer-201106w -> /opt/epson-inkjet-printer-201106w/ppds
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root   36 Dec 17 22:07 epson-inkjet-printer-escpr -> /opt/epson-inkjet-printer-escpr/ppds
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 350K Jan  9 23:30 Epson-Stylus_SX535WD_Series-epson-driver.ppd
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root  20K Mar 31  2017 HP
$

$ ls -hl /usr/share/cups/model/
total 380K
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 350K Jan  9 23:30 Epson-Stylus_SX535WD_Series-epson-driver.ppd
lrwxrwxrwx. 1 root root   28 Mar 31  2017 foomatic-db-ppds -> ../../foomatic/db/source/PPD
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  10K May 15  2017 pxlcolor.ppd
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 9.8K May 15  2017 pxlmono.ppd
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1.4K May 30  2017 textonly.ppd
$ 
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The .ppd file is automatically loaded via CUPS web interface. Go to your web browser, open localhost:631, choose Administration > Printers > name of your printer (for me, that would be localhost:631/printers/epson). Choose to "Modify" your printer from the drop-down menu. If prompted, type root as username and its corresponding password. Follow the guided procedure and pick either a driver from the ones listed or browse for a PPD saved somewhere in your local system.enter image description here Once you finalize your modifications you may "Set your default options", yet again from thelocalhost:631/printers/epson. enter image description here You can now specify "No reduction" of the document to print and turn on "Duplex printing" by the long edge of the page.

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