Command line printing settings/defaults on 9.10 not working correctly

Chris G cl at
Wed Nov 25 20:29:58 UTC 2009

On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 01:46:06PM -0500, Brian McKee wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 4:23 AM, Chris G <cl at> wrote:
> > I have three Ubuntu systems, currently two run 9.04 and a third is
> > running 9.10.  Command line printing (via CUPS) on the 9.04 systems
> > works as expected, I get output at 10cpi and 6lpi.  However on the
> > 9.10 system command line printing comes out in a somewhat strange
> > looking font at about 5cpi.  Explicitly setting the cpi on the command
> > line has no effect.
> Are both printers the same brand/driver? e.g. if a printer
> driver/filter was updated would that cause your issue?
> Or have you chose a slightly different driver on the newer machine?
> (transposed a model number say)
I obviously didn't make things clear.

On the 9.04 systems printing using only the local CUPS (version 1.3.9)
to the network printer works correctly.

On the 9.10 system printing to *both* printers has the same problem,
prints too big, ignores cpi settings, etc.  (CUPS version 1.4.1)

The printers are an HP7310 (the networked one which client systems
print to directly) and an HP1320 connected to the 9.10 Ubuntu system
by USB so I can only print to that via the 9.10 system.  In the past
when the HP1320 was connected to a 9.04 system the printing was OK.

So all the indications are that the problem lies with CUPS 1.4.1, it
simply doesn't set the default command line lpr/lp parameters
correctly and neither does it allow you to change them with -o.

Chris Green

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