No provision for printing pictures under Lubuntu 14.04?

John Hupp lubuntu at
Tue Apr 7 16:54:46 UTC 2015

I can't find much information, but I think that the original Print 
command, kprinter, was part of the kdeprinter package, which is not 
installed and not in the repos.

Despite what I first reported, lpr will work.  The computer I was on 
when visiting, a Dell Dimension 4300, may have an issue with 
hot-plugging the USB printer/scanner.  (For instance, though I didn't 
get to test it properly, it seemed that scanning would only work when 
the scanner was powered on during boot.)

However, I'll make the case that commonly expected behavior is for a 
Print dialog to appear, which of course doesn't happen with lpr.  
Granted, there is a counter-argument for maximum lightness.

And now that I'm back on my usual current Lubuntu desktop, I notice that 
the context menu for a picture file also includes Shotwell Viewer, and 
choosing this opens the file in a lighter variant of the Shotwell 
interface.  The Shotwell Viewer interface includes File: Print, which 
opens a customary Print dialog.

As I noted in my original post, I installed Shotwell after realizing 
that there was no default photo management app, and Shotwell seemed to 
be the commonest recommendation, though Andre Rodovalho posted in this 
thread that he is using a non-repo version of Fotoxx.  He says there is 
an older version in the repos.

I realize I'm saying that in a couple ways, default Lubuntu is a little 
too light for my taste (no photo manager, image viewer doesn't print).  
But MtPaint printing should be fixed somehow in any case.

On 4/6/2015 10:04 AM, John Hupp wrote:
> The default print command is kprinter.
> Following the Puppy Linux article, I installed gtklp and then 
> substituted that for kprinter.
> Using lpr instead of gtklp for the print command does not work. At 
> least to the casual observer, it yields the same no-response as kprinter.
> On 4/5/2015 10:23 PM, Walter Lapchynski wrote:
>> Seems like it's not a bug, per se. Intended function upstream, it 
>> seems. What is the default print command? Does `lpr` work? I often 
>> use this on the command line to print PDFs, so it seems plausible. 
>> This may be something we can fix in the default settings of MtPaint, 
>> if we explore all of the possible options and hopefully find the one 
>> that uses the least amount of resources. Since `lpr` is included in 
>> the standard system, this would seem to make the most sense.
>> On Apr 5, 2015 5:15 PM, "John Hupp" <lubuntu at 
>> <mailto:lubuntu at>> wrote:
>>     Visiting family this weekend and looking at a couple problems, I
>>     discovered that under the default installation of Lubuntu 14.04
>>     there seems to be no provision for printing pictures.
>>     The image viewer has no Print option.  And when I instead opened
>>     a picture in mtPaint and then tried File: Action: Print Image,
>>     nothing happened.
>>     I got mtPaint's File: Action: Print Image functionality working
>>     by following the 'How to Print' section of this Puppy Linux
>>     article:
>>     I also found that I could print using Firefox, but I would have
>>     expected to be able to print a pic via the image viewer or the
>>     paint program.
>>     It seems like more than a trivial omission to have no default
>>     picture printing provision.
>>     [I had a similar realization recently regarding photo
>>     management.  I installed Shotwell to add that capability, but it
>>     seemed like there should have been a native provision.]
>>     How do you handle these things?
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