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As I stated many times before [or tried to get the words out with my stroked brain interfering sometimes], LO will not work with the duplex of my Epson Artisan printer, but will for my HP Laserjet 2300n printer that has the duplex option included. I have used several drivers for the Epson both with Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04. But no go.

SO, what I do most of the time is create a PDF document from Writer and then open that PDF file and print the duplex document that way.

I have, with a few older HP printers and with Windows drivers [Win95-Vista] have had problems with collation one and a while. But with my Ubuntu desktop and the "default PDF viewer", I have not seen any collation problems at all. Of course, I hardly ever tell my printers to print many copies or a 2+ page document and NEVER tell it to print 2+ copies of duplex document with an odd number of pages. I have seen page 3 of copy 4 and page 1 of copy 5 on the same sheet of paper.

I do know that ever since LO came out, and I have been reading the lists, I have seen people have problems with certain printers not having some of their printing features, like duplex, not work with LO, but work with packages other than LO. It is up to the developers to get the print commands in LO and the commands from the OS commands for the printers to match up. The problem is that the developers do not have all of the 1,000 or more printers to test on.

On 11/23/2012 05:25 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:
I finally got time to work on this problem. As a result of some helpful replies to my original posting, I have made some progress with this subject problem and I am making this posting in case it may help others. I changed my CUPS printer driver from the "HP Laserjet 8150 Series Postscript (en)" to the "HP Laserjet 8150 - CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.2" driver and now I can print the LO-generated PDF file of my 3-page document in Adobe Acrobat reader 9 perfectly. Collation and number of copies (2) are correct. Since Reader 9 now prints the correct number of copies and collation, the problem is no longer the CUPS driver. With that baseline said, LO printing now prints double the number of copies (4 in this case of specifying 2), but the collation is now correct (1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3). So, there still seems to be something wrong with LO printing in this area. I just tried specifying the number of copies at 3 and got 9 copies!! So this is not merely doubling, it is squaring!! In deference to the forests of the world, I am not going any higher in copies with this testing.

This problem is not a show-stopper for me. I have other ways to print multiple copies. I just found this LO printing action as something unexpected.

Thanks to everyone who replied to my original posting.
Girvin Herr

Girvin R. Herr wrote:

See below for answers to your questions.

webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:
What version of Linux are you using? Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Opensuse, etc., etc.?
Slackware 12.2 (K2.6.27)

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.
Now that got interesting! I tried this using Adobe Acrobat Reader to print the PDF file and although I selected 2 copies, collated, I got one copy! I then tried 3 copies and still only got one copy.
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?
I am using an HP Laserjet 8150DN, CUPS 1.3.11, on "AppSocket/HP JetDirect" and the "HP Laserjet 8150 Series Postscript (en)" driver. When I installed it, CUPS found the printer on my network automagically with the "Find New Printers" option, but I continued to install it manually using the CUPS "wizard". I did not opt for the Foomatic or Gutenprint drivers, thinking they would not be needed, since the printer has Postscript emulation, and a simple Postscript driver should suffice. Now I may go back and rethink that decision. I noticed there are two other drivers I may try: Foomatic and CUPS Gutenprint v5.2.2.

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.
Thanks for the help. You may be onto something with the driver. I will try the other drivers and report back.
Girvin Herr

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