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The Duplexing is the KEY for me to say - - it may be a combination of the printer and LO settings.

I cannot get LO to duplex properly with my Epson Artisan 810 printer, but it works with my HP Laserjet 2300. There is something going on with LO that is not picking up the duplexing command correctly for the Epson printer.

I am wondering if it is the same for the collating.

I run 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 with MATE desktop environment [with some KDE mixed into it] and currently 3.5.7.

What version of Linux are you using? Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Opensuse, etc., etc.?

Since you run Linux, can you try creating a PDF file for your document and then use the "default viewer" package for PDF to open it. Then go to your printer's options and try to print 2 or 3 copies of the document with the collate option.

ALSO, sometimes I have problems with odd number of pages with duplexing. I have had the last single sided page have the last page of the original document on one side and the first page of the new document on the second side.

What printer are your using? Which driver set? Original-manufacture-style, CUPS-style or GhostScript-style? Manually installed or did the Linux version find the printer driver and installed it automatically?

As I said, I have no problems with straight duplexing of a single copy of a document on my HP LJ 2300, but I have some problems when I make several copies of a document with an odd number of pages. To print a duplex document on my Epson Artisan printer, I create a PDF version and use the default viewer for the PDF files that comes with Ubuntu, and it works fine.

So, it could be the printer, the driver, or LO ability to access the proper print options for the printer itself, or a combination there of.

Try the Export to PDF for one copy of the document and then try and print the duplex and collated document that way. If it works, then it is a LO printer option issue. If it does not work properly, then it is a printer/driver issue. My Epson has a problem with LO and my HP has a driver issue, the last time I tried it - which was a few months back when I was still running Ubuntu 10.04.

On 11/12/2012 07:02 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
Actually, no, this is not the first time I have seen this behavior. I rarely print multiple copies, but I have seen this happen before, within about 6 months. That previous time, I was using LO 3.5.3.

Okay, this is really strange. I just tried it again and got 1,2,1,2,3,3! I might add that I am printing duplex, which may complicate the LO algorithm. I tried another 3-page document and it behaved the same way. I then expanded it to 4 pages and got 1,2,1,2,3,4,3,4. Where 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 are on the same sheets, just opposite sides. Weird. I just tried doing the same thing with a Calc spreadsheet and got the same results. So the problem is with LO, not just Writer.

Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I think i had a similar problem last week on Windows. The next time i tried pritning it did collate but i have no idea why it didn't work or why it magically startedd workign again. I thought it was just me stuffing-up that one time. So, it's interesting to hear it might be an intermittent problem. I take it that this is the first time that collating has not worked? Did work previously?
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Girvin R. Herr <>
To: LibreOffice Users <> Sent: Monday, 12 November 2012, 22:19
Subject: [libreoffice-users] Collate print option not working

Has anyone else noticed that the "Collate" option in the print dialog is not working?! I wanted to print 2 copies of a 3-page document and I selected "Collate". However, the pages came out 1,1,2,2,3,3 not the 1,2,3,1,2,3 that I expected. So, I unselected "Collate" and it still came out 1,1,2,2,3,3! Is there some other setting controlling this or is it a bug I should look into?
Running LO under KDE 3 and Linux.
Thanks in advance.
Girvin Herr

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