Printing from Thunderbird

Rem P Roberti remegius at
Sat Aug 21 04:29:03 UTC 2010

> On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 18:23:46 -0700, Rem P Roberti<remegius at>  wrote:
>>    I have Thunderbird installed on my new 8.1 box, and although I am able
>> to print from within the program, the only way I can do it is to type
>> the whole print command from within the print window.  In my case that
>> means typing:
>>       lpr  -PPhotoshop7760
>> I have tried to figure a way of configuring the printer to load
>> automatically by modifying the advanced options, but so far, no luck.
>> The printer is installed via CUPS, and seems to be functioning
>> perfectly.  If anyone has been able to modify the options configuration
>> setup to make printing easier I would love to see how you did it.
> You can set the environmental variable $PRINTER according to the
> name of the default printer. In my case, I have
> 	setenv PRINTER Laserjet
> in my /etc/csh.cshrc (for system-wide use). Now all lp* commands
> will default to that printer, and printing from within applications
> that use lpr's stdin will also work.
> PS: I'm not using CUPS, but apsfilter, which is the "little brother"
>      of CUPS, to translate printing data to PCL and have duplex settings
>      for my HP Laserjet 4000 duplex.

Ah-ha!  In my case I am using the bash shell, and I believe the syntax 
that is needed for the .bashrc is different than what is used in your 
csh.cshrc.  Any idea where I can find the appropriate syntax for 
variables stored within .bashrc?

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