No provision for printing pictures under Lubuntu 14.04? [Bug filed]

Walter Lapchynski wxl at
Tue Apr 7 21:22:42 UTC 2015

Thanks. We'll get on this right away. Meanwhile, if everyone that
recognizes this bug can confirm it (click the thing at the top that
reads "This bug affects 1 person. Does this bug affect you?"), that
would be awesome. Lastly, if someone can double check this affects
vivid as well, that would be excellent.

Thanks again!

On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 2:17 PM, John Hupp <lubuntu at> wrote:
> Done: at with
> the Lubuntu Packages Team subscribed.
> On 4/7/2015 12:59 PM, Walter Lapchynski wrote:
>> please file a bug against mtpaint (ubuntu-bug mtpaint). it should not
>> require something that doesn't exist. XD subscribe lubuntu packages
>> team to the bug report and we'll get it fixed, at least to using lpr.
>> then at least it will work right out of the box, even if it's not the
>> best thing.1
>> On Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 9:54 AM, John Hupp <lubuntu at> wrote:
>>> 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> 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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