I'm using the following:
64 bit Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
LibreOffice Version: 220.127.116.11.alpha0+ Build ID:
(This is required because of some bugs in 4.2 and below that affect me)
HP OfficeJet 6700 (w/Dual sided printing set as default)
When printing a single page in LibreOffice apps, using the Operating
printing dialogs, the following is true:
a) I'm unable to select "current page" on the General tab, but must enter
specific page number under "Pages."
b) I am able to select "one-sided" on the Layout tab. (Proper behavior)
c) I've tested this in Writer, Draw and Impress. The labelling is somewhat
inconsistent, but they all act the same. I didn't attempt to use Calc just
because I got tired of experimenting.
d) Even so, once the single page is printed, the paper is "sucked back in"
and fed through a second time. Nothing prints of course, but this is
actually a potentially serious problem under some conditions which I'll
e) Of importance, I think, is the fact that the left margin (on a
page - obviously this would be the top margin on a portrait page) is
than it would typically be for a single sided page. Many printers I've
including the current HP-6700 need to "reserve" some space (I guess to
the paper) when printing double-sided. This belief by the printer that it
*supposed* to be printing in double sided mode might help to narrow down
where the difficulty is.
When printing a single page in LibreOffice apps, using the LibreOffice
printing dialogs, the following is true:
a) I AM able to select "current page" and, in fact, the current page (or
slide) number is entered in the box for me. (Proper behavior)
b) The Properties tab seems to "hang" while loading (mostly just the
of the new sub-dialog box is displayed), although I've found that if you
click the mouse somewhere on the header, it immediately appears
c) Attempting to select "off" under the Duplex options (i.e. single sided)
causes blinking and flashing that's hard to describe, but I've very rarely
been able to select "off" using the mouse as the cursor/highlight just
bouncing around. If, however, I just use the arrow keys, everything works.
Luckily I'm old enough to remember what the keyboard is for.
d) When the single page is printed, the printer does not attempt to suck
paper back in. (Proper behavior)
e) On identical pages, using the LibreOffice dialogs permits the entire
content to be printed without cutting off the left edge of the landscape
pages. (Proper behavior)
The reason this is more important than the extra three second or so return
trip through the paper flipper is that Hewlett-Packard (and other printer
manufacturers) do not recommend using double sided printing when using
above a certain thickness (e.g. card stock) because doing so raises the
likelihood of jamming the mechanism. With a default setting of double
(and why else would I have purchased a double sided printer?), when I need
to print on card stock, the chances of forgetting to set one-sided would
my fault, but if I set it and the driver ignores that setting, that (I
believe) is a bug.
It would seem that simply using only the LibreOffice dialogs would be a
reasonable work-around, the flashing and needing to move between the mouse
and keyboard unneccesarily is just trading one annoyance for another.
To be fair, this problem might appear as if it could be caused by Ubuntu,
CUPS, HP-LIP, or LibreOffice, but I believe I've narrowed it down to
LibreOffice simply because I don't experience these problems when printing
from several other applications I regularly use. But I acknowledge that it
might be caused by some weird interactions among the aforementioned
So, should this be reported as a bug? Has anyone else noticed this
And if it seems like a bug, how do I report it?
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.
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