printing outside browser cuts off top and bottom of page

Warren Block wblock at
Wed Aug 25 03:20:55 UTC 2010

On Tue, 24 Aug 2010, Chip Camden wrote:
> Quoth Warren Block on Tuesday, 24 August 2010:
>> As Chip Camden noted, it could be a problem with the printable area not
>> being correct.  CUPS should get that information from a PPD file--I
>> think.  Do you have the correct PPD it should
>> be installed?  Or maybe that's automatic, and you just need to set CUPS
>> to the right printer.
> From the CUPS help, this appears to be what needs specification:
> http://localhost:631/help/api-ppd.html?QUERY=printable area#ppd_size_s
> How you get to that, I'm not sure.
> `lpr -o fit-to-page` didn't help, so I'm reasonably certain that CUPS
> thinks the page size is the full sheet.

It appears that PPDs are stored in the reasonably-named 
/usr/local/etc/cups/ppd.  There's a PPD for the LJ4050 in 

And it has
   *ImageableArea Letter/Letter: "12.24 12.06 599.76 780.06"

12-point margins on that printer sound about right.

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