print woes

Gary Aitken freebsd at
Sat Jun 16 05:57:17 UTC 2012

On 06/15/12 17:12, Gary Aitken wrote:
> got my hp officejet 8500 connected to network working a while ago but now I notice the following:
> 1. Using gv, pdf files in portrait orientation print fine.  pdf files in landscape orientation cause the printer to wake up but nothing prints.  No errors in the log.  Same behavior using lp or lpr.
> 2. lpoptions shows no printers.
> 3. lp -o landscape -o fit-to-page foo.pdf
>    does the same (printer wakes up but prints nothing)
> 4. lpoptions -d lp (or any other printer name from /etc/printcap) says Unknown printer or class.

more questions...

Where does the image rotation occur?  I'm using gv for an input filter.  Does gv get PS with embedded instructions to rotate, so gv rotates the image  before sending on to the printer?  Or does gv send to the printer and let the printer do the rotation?  How does gv get its instructions to rotate the image?  I'm not sure where to look...  

I've always been befuddled by UI interfaces that have print dialogs with orientation in them, and then printer config dialogs which are sub-dialogs of those that do the same.  Two horizontals sometimes do seem to make a vertical.  I guess if you beat it long enough, like three times, maybe you get what you want...


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