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    Post CUPS-PDF PostProcessing - How to make a TIFF printer

    Warning: The problem with using this method to create TIFFs is that the CUPS-PDF printer is hacked and will continue to generate TIFFs until the /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf 'PostProcessing' line is commented out again. It's not hard to fix, but it's not pretty. Maybe someone else can run with this and come up with a more elegant solution.

    Proceed at your own risk.

    I needed to make a TIFF-creation printer, rather than a PDF printer. Luckily there is a good template to work from using the 'cups-pdf' package. The cups-pdf package is installed from the terminal with the following command:

    Code:
    apt-get install cups-pdf
    I modified the cups-pdf.conf file to de-comment the 'PostProcessing' section and added the path to my post-processing script (included below). The pdfpostproc.sh script probably shouldn't be in the /etc/cups folder, but I'm lazy and don't want to have to look for things.
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf
    Change:

    Code:
    ### Key: PostProcessing
    #<Comments removed for clarity>
    # PostProcessing
    To:

    Code:
    ### Key: PostProcessing
    #<Comments removed for clarity>
    PostProcessing /etc/cups/pdfpostproc.sh

    Save the 'pdfpostproc.sh.txt' file (below) as '/etc/cups/pdfpostproc.sh' and change it to be executable with:

    Code:
    sudo chmod 755 /etc/cups/pdfpostproc.sh
    Restart the CUPS server with:
    Code:
    sudo /etc/init.d/cups restart
    Try printing a test page. Go to 'System', 'Administration', 'Printing', and right-click on the 'PDF' printer. Choose 'Properties', and click on 'Print Test Page'. There should be a file called Test_Page.TIF in your ~/PDF folder. (You may have to make a PDF folder under /home/<your username>/ folder before the script works properly. Also, please see the reference to AppArmor below.)

    This project was inspired by this thread. I shamelessly took the author's "pdfpostproc.sh" script and hacked it to bits.

    A NOTE ABOUT APPARMOR
    You may need to modify AppArmor's behavior with the following code, otherwise no TIFF's will be created:

    Code:
    sudo aa-complain cupsd
    The blessed pdfpostproc.sh script:
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: CUPS-PDF PostProcessing - How to make a TIFF printer

    Great, thank you!

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    Re: CUPS-PDF PostProcessing - How to make a TIFF printer

    Thanks, That was very helpful

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    Re: CUPS-PDF PostProcessing - How to make a TIFF printer

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