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Old 10-29-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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Print Jobs from Evolution Hang

I have an HP Laserjet 1200 configured on a system as a garden-variety lpr printer (using LPRng). Clients on the network are running CUPS. Most every application is able to print to the network printer with the notable exception of Evolution. Print jobs just hang. Logging into the print server and issuing lpq shows the job is stalled and all that can be done is to remove it with lprm. Occasionally, one has to power cycle the printer to unwedge it.

In case anyone asks, running CUPS on the server is not an option. When the print server was configured that way, print jobs took forever to complete; if they completed at all. (I think it was CUPS doing too freakin' many Postscript-to-Postscript conversions. )

People are getting tired of cutting-n-pasting email contents to gedit in order to print (can't blame 'em frankly) and not all email will allow this without a fair amount of mucking around. For example, any emails with HTML require you to save the email to disk, understand the MIME email format and delete the correct non-HTML stuff, and then open the results with a web browser to print. It's not pretty as you can imagine.

Thinking that, perhaps, Evolution is sending garbage to the printer, I stopped the queue and then printed something from Evolution. Then I saved the email to disk, edited out all the non-HTML stuff and printed it from Epiphany. Since the printer was stopped I could retrieve the files before they got sent to the printer and compare them. They're both valid PostScript but they're far from the same. They both render in"gv" just fine. Which makes me wonder what's gv doing with the Evolution output that HP is unable to? (Or maybe what is it that gv happily ignores that HP refuses to.)

Any ideas what's going on that could cause the Evolution print jobs to stall out like this?

Has anyone else even run into this?


Old 11-02-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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Have your tried as su "lpq start all" and have a look at the available "lpq" commands themselves.

Look at the printer log file, as it is probably sure to point out what maybe holding things up for you.

Hope this assist you.


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