How to print with GSI/Linux
Printing from KDE 3
All print jobs must be submitted to the central server
that takes care of print job queueing and submission to the printers.
Take a look at the printer manpage by entering
on a GSI Linux machine for an overview of the available printers.
To print something from the command line, you may use the GSI homebred
command or try the standard
KDE 3 comes with a quite sophisticated printing subsystem called KDEprint
It provides the most convenient solution to send any kind of document to a printer.
You can configure it by choosing Preferences
in the KDE menu or by typing
in Konquerors URL-field (either filemanager or browser).
You'll have to add some printers by yourself, as it is impossible to create a reasonable system default with the GSI print system at the moment. The list of print queues available to the add printer wizard (wand icon in the top row of kprinter) also explains which key letters to add to a printer name. E.g if you find printer
conveniently near to your office, you could add it as printer queue
, which woulkd give you w
duplex print outs. Other names might be possible depending on the capabilities of the printer.
As a default there are some pseudo
printers found in the kprinter menu (i. e. write or mail your print job as a PDF files).
After you have configured some printers, you will be able to print from any KDE application.
To print from any other applications you can use KDEprint's GUI utility
. It is backward compatible with
but does not simply send a file to the standard printer.
command | kprinter
will pop up a dialog where one may choose the appropriate printer and do conversion of the autodetected input data to PostScript
is available even if kde isn't running at all.
Application-specific configuration for kprinter
- Acrobat Reader
- Simply enter
kprinter as the Print Command in the Print dialog.
- Set the
lpr-command option to
Meta-x (Meta usually means Alt), type
customize-option, hit Enter, type
lpr-command, hit Enter again and fill in the option input field. Finally click Save for Future Sessions and then Finish.
- Choose File -> Print and click the Properties button. As the Print Command type
kprinter, then choose OK.
kprinter is already configured as the system-wide default in both OpenOffice and StarOffice.
- Click New Printer,
- Add a printer (Next >>),
- Generic Printer (Next >>),
kprinter as the command line (Next >>),
- choose any name you like (Finish).
psFile |kprinter in your
Printing from KDE 4 using CUPS
Please take a look at PrintingHowto
- 06 Sep 2004