OOo doesn't see KDE printers

Roshan Mansinghani rosh1182 at
Tue Aug 15 00:57:52 BST 2006

As a clarification, when you want to print to the kde printer, click on the
"properties" button of the print dialog, and replace the contents of the
"print command" field with "kprinter".  Thanks for the tip, Rob.

On 8/14/06, Rob Blomquist <rob.blomquist at> wrote:
> >From: Roshan Mansinghani <rosh1182 at>
> >Date: 2006/08/14 Mon PM 01:23:05 CDT
> >To: Kubuntu Help and User Discussions <kubuntu-users at>
> >Subject: Re: OOo doesn't see KDE printers
> >I just added a test printer in KDE, and that showed up in firefox.  I
> don't know if those "special printers" can show up in gtk print dialogs
> (such as those in firefox and OO) because they seem to be KDE specific.
> >
> >From what I understand, there is an underlying printer program called
> cups that both KDE and Gnome access for printing to "real"
> printers.  However, the feature of KDE to do things like "print to pdf" and
> "send fax" are not using the underlying cups system but rather running
> programs.  Hence, when you add a "real" printer to KDE, KDE knows to update
> the cups configuration which gtk programs like firefox and OO look to as
> well.  But, the special "pseudo" printers that KDE has are not something
> that it runs through CUPS; thus, they will not show up in OO or firefox.
> Actually what ubuntu has done is create pseudo print commands that will
> work no matter what desktop is running. If you want to have kprinter show up
> in Firefox, Acrobat, Mozilla, OOo, and the like just enter
> "kprinter" in the print dialog box in those programs.
> Rob
> Rob Blomquist
> Mountlake Terrace, WA
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