Solving KDE4 Printer Problems


Printing on KDE4 is a real pain bc I want: 2-up short side duplex printing in greyscale, but my printer doesn’t have a greyscale option and default settings are dealt with at the app level rather than the print server level – and apps are poor at saving defaults.

My “solution” is to:

install cups-pdf, print to it

use gs to convert to greyscale

use lp (yes lp!) to print the thing how I like it.

Hello 1993.

Commands are:

gs -sOutputFile=output.pdf -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sColorConversionStrategy=Gray -sPAPERSIZE=A4 -dProcessColorModel=/DeviceGray -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 input.pdf

lp -d samsungRubbish -o media=A4   -o sides=two-sided-short-edge -o number-up=2    output.pdf

Aliased of course.  Next I’d need to work out how to do a kde4 action (apparently different from kde3) <sigh>

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