cups print dialog defaulting to Postscript...

Daniel J Blueman daniel.blueman at
Thu Aug 5 16:38:51 UTC 2010

On 5 August 2010 16:09, Onkar Shinde <onkarshinde at> wrote:
> On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 2:55 PM, Daniel J Blueman
> <daniel.blueman at> wrote:
>> On 5 August 2010 10:24, Daniel J Blueman <daniel.blueman at> wrote:
>>> Hi Onkar,
>>> On 5 August 2010 06:05, Onkar Shinde <onkarshinde at> wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Aug 4, 2010 at 10:06 PM, Daniel J Blueman
>>>> <daniel.blueman at> wrote:
>>>>> When selecting 'Print to File' in the CUPS printer dialog box,
>>>>> Postscript is selected per default.
>>>>> Many users may not realise that this is disadvantageous until too late
>>>>> - with all the fonts converted to paths and less easy to open on other
>>>>> operating systems.
>>>>> PDF seems a rational default - what reasons are against changing to this?
>>>> I agree that PDF should have been default since start. I believe there
>>>> was a papercut bug for this. But I don't have reference to the bug.
>>>> By the way what you call as CUPS dialog is probably the dialog
>>>> provided by printing APIs in GTK+. So it should be possible to patch
>>>> GTK+ to use PDF by default.
>>> Good heads-up. From
>>> , the only
>>> related paper cut I could find is:
>>> If this is the one you're referring to, I'll open another one.
>>> Thanks for replying all the same!
>> Of course, I mean from:
> I was referring to
> One of the suggestions in the bug is 'default to PDF' format. One
> comment suggests that it is already the case except in case of
> firefox. I will have to check on my setup.

Thanks for the info Onkar. Indeed, most apps aside from Firefox
default to PDF, and it looks like the issue is in hand.

Thanks again,
Daniel J Blueman

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