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  1. #21
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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Quote Originally Posted by Horizon
    You could also use "sudo chmod +s /usr/lib/cups/backend/cups-pdf" instead of using nautilus
    Unfortunately I have to contradict that.

    HOWTOs are mostly for people not that familiar with the Terminal and commandline stuff. So I think it's nice to see where in Nautilus you can do this sort of changes.

    Maybe both (the chmod and nautilus versions) would be nice.

    Cheers

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Quote Originally Posted by Franko30
    Unfortunately I have to contradict that.

    HOWTOs are mostly for people not that familiar with the Terminal and commandline stuff. So I think it's nice to see where in Nautilus you can do this sort of changes.

    Maybe both (the chmod and nautilus versions) would be nice.
    Well I'm sorry but there have been discussions about this before and it's pretty obvious copy and pasting one line into the command line is much easier and beats going through 10+ steps to get the same outcome. There's literally nothing that could go wrong. Ingoring the fact that explaining how to navigate through a gui can only be so precise, the less steps the better because there's less for them to screw up. What's the chance of them leaning on their keyboard by accident and deleting something important in nautilus compared to them screwing up a single copy and paste?

    Also if you're using linux and aren't familiar with the command line well then now's the time to get familiar, not to mention people usually get familiar with the command line from following guides like those avaiilable on this forum. Now If you don't want or care for getting familiar with the command line then you better switch OS and stop wasting our time trying to help people who won't (read unwilling) even help themselves.

    Sorry if I kind of sound a little annoyed. I think it's ok to try to avoid the command line, I just don't condone encouraging people to avoid it.
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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Quote Originally Posted by Horizon
    Well I'm sorry but there have been discussions about this before and it's pretty obvious copy and pasting one line into the command line is much easier and beats going through 10+ steps to get the same outcome. There's literally nothing that could go wrong. Ingoring the fact that explaining how to navigate through a gui can only be so precise, the less steps the better because there's less for them to screw up. What's the chance of them leaning on their keyboard by accident and deleting something important in nautilus compared to them screwing up a single copy and paste?

    Also if you're using linux and aren't familiar with the command line well then now's the time to get familiar, not to mention people usually get familiar with the command line from following guides like those avaiilable on this forum. Now If you don't want or care for getting familiar with the command line then you better switch OS and stop wasting our time trying to help people who won't (read unwilling) even help themselves.

    Sorry if I kind of sound a little annoyed. I think it's ok to try to avoid the command line, I just don't condone encouraging people to avoid it.
    I absolutely second what you say. I believe that it's pretty dangerous to tell a new user who is not used to linux in general and permissions in particular to open a nautilus window with root privileges. Just imagine what happens if he leaves it open for a while, then maybe forgets about this and starts to meddle with his system while trying to follow the latest tutorial. If the person is able to open a terminal and type sudo nautilus, then he is also able to copy/paste the chmod-line.
    I am not saying that the average linux beginner will start to randomly delete directories in the / dir , but as always, safety first. Ever thought about a harmless exploit in nautilus that becomes severe once nautilus is run as root? Or maybe I'm just being paranoid Just my 2 ct.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Thanks for the howto

    Is there anyway I can make the pdf printer to ask me where I want to save the file rather than doing it in the home folder directly?

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Thanks for the guide. As a new ubuntu linux user, it's nice to be able to find how-to's for the important things !

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Well done. Answers my question as to why the "PDF Printer" isn't detected by default.

    Works exactly as described on my system which was upgraded from 5.10 to 6.06.

    Thanks!
    Peter

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Great how-to. Works like a charm.

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Thanks, this very helpfull.


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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    Did not work for me (nothing appears in the PDF subdirectory). I get the following message in
    /var/log/cups/cups-pdf_log

    [ERROR] failed to set file mode for PDF file (non fatal) (/home/richard/PDF/_howto__General_6_06_-_HOWTO__Install_Cups-PDF_-_Page_3_-_Ubuntu_Support_Forums.pdf)

    Looks like some kind of wierd permissions issue

    ls -al /usr/lib/cups/backend/cups-pdf reveals

    -rwsr-xr-x 1 root root 23120 2006-05-17 21:49 /usr/lib/cups/backend/cups-pdf

    Any ideas?

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    Re: HOWTO: Install Cups-PDF

    The permissions look the same on my system. Not sure what that is. Bumping it for you hereby.

    Anyway, I have put this in the wiki, because I didn't find anything to make this work in dapper anywhere in it before.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/fo...tware/cups-pdf

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