printing outside browser cuts off top and bottom of page

Chad Perrin perrin at
Tue Aug 24 23:01:12 UTC 2010

On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 03:49:24PM -0600, Warren Block wrote:
> The LJ4050 is a great printer, but it doesn't print PDFs natively.
> So you need to find what CUPS is using to convert PDFs to PostScript and 
> adjust that.  It may be an A4 to letter conversion, or it's trying to 
> "intelligently" scale the page to fit your printer.

CUPS is a black box to me, filled with black magic.  I wave chicken bones
over it, and it works, mostly.  The documentation has always seemed
somewhat opaque and incomplete.

I've got both pdf2ps and pdftops on the system.  I'm not sure which is
being used by CUPS, and I'm not really sure where to check.  If I had to
guess, I'd say it's pdf2ps, since I think ghostscript fits into this

Interestingly, if I use either one of these individually to translate
from PDF to PS, then print using /usr/local/bin/lpr to print, the same
problem occurs -- so it's not specific to either of those tools.  I
really do seem to be having a problem with CUPS behavior itself.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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