[Xprint] Problem Printing Greek

Jan Willem Stumpel jstumpel at planet.nl
Thu Dec 15 16:02:30 EST 2005


Sophocles Metsis wrote:
> I certainly  can although I can see why you think it's not working.
> It looks like mozilla would print if I didn't have xprint. The xprint
> pdf printer at :33  is what I print to. The pdf I put up was from 
> /tmp/Xprintjobs. I also noticed that the pdfs produced with the
> missing greek are fairly smaller than the ones I tried with english.

Ah, yes, I should have looked at your pdf more closely. It has 3 pages,
and it does show some Greek (but only sporadically). xprint is working
on your system, obviously.

> Could there be a  problem with the pdf/ps printers in xprint? Should
> attempt to get a real printer to print to or is printing to pdf/ps
> just as good as a printer for everyone?

xprint is unfortunately full of bugs. At the moment printing to "ps"
files is out of the question, see e.g.

https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4307
or
http://xprint.mozdev.org/pipermail/xprint/2005-September/000507.html

So now it seems that generating "pdf" files also does not work OK (at 
least for some non-Latin html pages). I could reproduce your bug by 
printing to a pdf from http://www.enet.gr/online/online. BTW in my case 
the pdf's do not go to /tmp/Xprintjobs but to ~/Xprintjobs.

On the other hand printing on paper, using a real printer, still works 
mostly OK. In my case, the header of the enet.gr page is printed on a 
separate sheet of paper, but maybe this is somehow by design -- the 
"print preview" does the same thing. But printing to file, whether ps or 
pdf, does not work properly. I do not know why. Maybe xprint bends the 
rules of PostScript in some way.

The author of xprint, alas, has not responded to anything on this list 
since April. And it seems that nobody else understands xprint well 
enough to fix its bugs.

Regards, Jan



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