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Old 02-14-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy Printer setup problem: How to specify printing to start with last page?

Being very new to Linux I have, after some effort, finaly managed to get my Canon PIXMAiP4200 printer connected as a network printer. (I connect it through the USB printer port on a DLink DI-524UP router) Everything seems ok so far, except that I cannot find any means of specifying that printing should start from the last page. Searching on the net brings no help, so now I turn to the gurus in this forum. Any form of help would be much appreciated but please remember that I'm still rather lost in the wilderness of sudo, dd, apt-get and what have you!
Old 02-14-2010, 07:07 PM   #2
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I understand you to mean printing the pages in reverse order (from last to first), because the pages come out face up in the output tray.

This is often done from the applications rather than from the printer; for example, Adobe Reader and OpenOffice both have options from the print dialog to print pages in reverse order.

Alternatively, you can open a command line terminal and use the lpadmin command to change the defaults for the printer, ie:
sudo lpadmin -p CANON -o outputorder-default=reverse
The sudo will give you adminstration access to run the lpadmin command (and will ask for your password). The name 'CANON' should be replaced with the name of the printer queue you are changing.

To change it back, use:
sudo lpadmin -p CANON -o outputorder-default=forward
Each printer has a Postscript Page Definition file (.ppd) in /etc/cups/ppd which defines a lot of options. The forward order has been made the default even for face-up printers because the printing is faster that way (the print job doesnt have to wait for the last page before it begins printing).

Last edited by neonsignal; 02-14-2010 at 07:10 PM.
Old 02-15-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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Thanks neonsignal! That edit did it! I greatly appreciated your pointer to the .ppd file.
On top of the solution to my specific problem that constituted nice added value!


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