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    Question Printing from the command line

    Hi All,

    I'm running 10.10 and have a Samsung ML-1640.

    The strangest thing happens when I try to print from the command line.
    If I type:

    Code:
    lpr filename
    in the terminal the file will print provided it is a gedit file with no extension. If the file is a gedit file with the .txt extension and I type for example:

    Code:
    lpr filename.txt
    My printer will blink and makes noises like it is printing but no paper will be pulled through.

    If I try to print an open office document (with or without the extension) or a word document that I got in an email the same thing happens. The printer blinks, makes noises, acts like it is printing but no paper is pulled through so no hard copy is produced.

    When I check the printer job list all the jobs show as completed.
    I can print the files by opening their application and choosing print.

    Does anyone have an idea of what is going wrong and how to fix it?
    Thank you,
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    Re: Printing from the command line

    Hi, since I have the exact same printer I tested to print a text file (with and without .txt extension) with lpr but I couldn't reproduce your problem. Printing an OpenOffice document (.odt) with lpr does not work, but why would you want to do that?

    I suggest you look through this page (and especially about the error log): https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingPrintingProblems

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    Re: Printing from the command line

    Quote Originally Posted by lykeion View Post
    Hi, since I have the exact same printer I tested to print a text file (with and without .txt extension) with lpr but I couldn't reproduce your problem. Printing an OpenOffice document (.odt) with lpr does not work, but why would you want to do that?

    I suggest you look through this page (and especially about the error log): https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DebuggingPrintingProblems
    It would be quicker to print something from the command line than having to open the program and then print. I'll look through that link again.
    Thank you,
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    Re: Printing from the command line

    You can print text files and pdf:s with lpr. Formatted files like .odt will not work, but why not just call oowriter from the commandline to print .odt-files:
    Code:
    oowriter -p yourfile.odt

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    Re: Printing from the command line

    Quote Originally Posted by lykeion View Post
    ... but why not just call oowriter from the commandline to print .odt-files:
    Code:
    oowriter -p yourfile.odt
    Because I didn't know how. Thank you!
    Thank you,
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