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Old 07-02-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
hexstar
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Question KDEPrint virtual printer that pipes content to custom shell script?


Hello, is it possible to make a virtual printer in KDEPrint that pipes the content printed through KDEPrint to a custom shell script? The idea here would be to pipe the content to a shell script such that a pdf is made and then emailed. I realize that KDEPrint can print to PDF on its own but I don't believe it can then automatically email that PDF somewhere can it? Perhaps even better, would there be a way to have KDEPrint execute a shell script after generating the PDF file such that the shell script would take care of emailing the PDF file after the PDF is generated? Any ideas on how this could be achieved would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Old 07-03-2007, 09:17 AM   #2
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yes, you can use scripts as print commands.

create a new special/pseudo printer.
add "exec:/your_script_file" to the prerequisites list
select "edit command"
as "command", enter "your_script_file %filterargs %filterinput"
to the panel below "command", you can add parameters that can be configured using the printer settings dialog and that will be passed as arguments (on the right side, "format" will hold the result, e.g. "--target=%value". for type "list", the box below will list all possible options, where the "name" will replace %value above.)

For "input from", enter "< %in", for "pipe", enter "-". output will be grayed.

Now, your print job (postscript data) will be send to stdin of your_script_file.
do whatever you want with the data...

I'm rather sure you can also use a temp file as input (given by param to your script), but I can't remember how. see kdeprint help, I found the documetnation about filters there (nothing else is this).
 
  


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