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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 print dialog, the Page Handling tab is missing.

I know that the tab exists because in my wife's Linux Mint setup, the tab is present, and she is using the exact same print driver (screenshot from her machine below):

How do I enable the Page Handling tab in the print dialog?

Additional Details:

  • Printer is a network printer
  • Attempting to print a PDF, but the behaviour appears to be consistent regardless of what is printed
    • Using zathura though the results are the same using chromium
  • Printer driver is Brother HL-2140 Foomatic/hpijs-pcl5e
  • Not using a desktop environment: using a combination of awesomewm and other applications
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    Printing where? From what program? In what Desktop Environment? What spooling system? Is this a CUPS driver? What's supposed to be on this tab? I have Page Setup is that what you mean? – terdon Sep 22 '13 at 20:49
  • I've added as much information as I can; unfortunately I don't know what spooling system I am using. – NT3RP Sep 22 '13 at 21:00
  • I think its something missing from gedit-print-settings based on my reading, but I can't confirm. – NT3RP Sep 22 '13 at 21:02
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Page handling is determined by the application, not the printer. If this functionality is important to you and not present in Zathura you could use a more fully-featured .pdf reader like Evince.

  • Thank you for the suggestion. I am hoping to resolve this without using evince if possible. This thread has lead me to believe that page scaling is provided by the application / pdf framework. – NT3RP Sep 23 '13 at 0:53
  • @NT3RP That is what I said: you need to install a .pdf reader with that functionality built into it. If you don't want evince, choose another that offers the same feature set. – jasonwryan Sep 23 '13 at 0:56
  • I think I may not have been fully understood. I was suggesting that zathura-pdf-poppler may provide page scaling functionality (in which case, it should be possible to scale the print job as it is already installed, correct?). – NT3RP Sep 23 '13 at 2:47
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    I have no idea about zathura, I use apvlv (which doesn't provide it); the only reader I know does provide it is evince--but there are undoubtedly others. That, however, was not your question... – jasonwryan Sep 23 '13 at 2:56

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