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I have a Canon MB2110 printer with a continuous ink system supply installed. The printer has an automatic duplex feature. Since the rainy season started, every time I print a two sided document, the first page gets all smudged because of the duplex mechanism pulling the paper before the ink is completely dry.

I thought that maybe I could use Tea4Cups in order to insert some wait before printing the second page. This way, hopefully the ink would have time to dry up.

I would like to know how to use Tea4Cups to insert such a pause.

Any other suggestions are welcome! But maybe not: use different paper, or use different ink... or use a different printer. :-)


  1. Although it is against my principles, I have tried Canon software. It is just a binary cups filter and a PPD (that depends on the filter). The installation script just sets up the CUPS using this filter.

  2. It might be useful to know that for MAC OS and windows there is a "Ink Drying Wait Time" option, as @roaima pointed out.

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    You'd be better following the recommendation from Canon to change the drying time directly. Last time I looked the maintenance tool was also available for Linux-based systems. – roaima Aug 20 '18 at 13:53
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    Last time I had a Canon printer connected to a Linux machine I also had the GUI-based IJ software installed. This is why I'm suggesting it - not because I've heard of it on Windows/Mac but because I've used it on a Linux-based system. On the other hand, I don't have it installed right now so I'm not offering this as a full answer. – roaima Aug 20 '18 at 16:34
  • @roaima: I am very sorry for my edit! I got upset because I don't know how to avoid this kind of suggestion. And I did say that "any other suggestions are welcome!". :-) Anyway, knowing that there is some "setting" is a useful information. Maybe, even without a GUI, I could just add an option to CUPS. I have tried, but I really don't know what I am doing. The Canon software I downloaded just installs binary CUPS filters and sets up the printer using CUPS. – André Caldas Aug 20 '18 at 17:33

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