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    Can anyone try a fresh Lubuntu 20.04 LTS install and test LibreOffice for me please?

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    Reiterating post #6:

    I think I've found that the version of LibreOffice that comes with Lubuntu 20.04 LTS cannot print anything correctly at all, nor can it export to PDF correctly.

    If I just do a quick Writer document, write 'test' in it and export to PDF, I get a blank page.

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    The Ubuntu test page prints fine, a PDF prints fine, LibreOffice doesn't. I have Epson's recommended driver installed, and I can print with Xubuntu 20.04 in a VM with LO to that printer without any trouble using the same driver. If I try the same with my spare Lubuntu 20.04 VM, I get the same problem. It's not a document issue, I'm printing the same document in the VMs or the host, or just printing 'test' from LO Writer.

    I've tried using the driverless 'driver', or changing the communication method, but Lubuntu LO prints garbage no matter what.

    Any help would be much appreciated.
    Last edited by mikeymikec; March 1st, 2021 at 09:42 PM.

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    Re: Epson WF-3520, Lubuntu 20.04, LibreOffice prints garbage

    If you have the snap version of Libreoffice you need to enable specific permissions. You can use Ubuntu Software for that, just open the software's page and you'll see a big red "Permissions" button.

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    Re: Epson WF-3520, Lubuntu 20.04, LibreOffice prints garbage

    No, I'm just using what came with each respective version. I also tried the latest stable 7.0 version on the host PC, which didn't help.

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    Re: Epson WF-3520, Lubuntu 20.04, LibreOffice prints garbage

    Libreoffice doesn't "come" with Lubuntu, last time I checked. It is installed by the user and then it can be either the traditional version in the repository or a snap.
    Please check with
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    Re: Epson WF-3520, Lubuntu 20.04, LibreOffice prints garbage

    I've just done a quick install of Lubuntu 20.04 LTS in another VM and I can confirm that it comes with LibreOffice 6.4.4.2.

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    Can anyone try a fresh Lubuntu 20.04 LTS install and test LibreOffice for me please?

    I started this thread:
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread....638&p=14023606

    But since then I think I've found that the version of LibreOffice that comes with Lubuntu 20.04 LTS cannot print anything correctly at all, nor can it export to PDF correctly.

    If I just do a quick Writer document, write 'test' in it and export to PDF, I get a blank page.

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    Re: Epson WF-3520, Lubuntu 20.04, LibreOffice prints garbage

    Duplicate threads merged.

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    Re: Can anyone try a fresh Lubuntu 20.04 LTS install and test LibreOffice for me plea

    Libreoffice has a few bugs when used with Qt (thus KDE(Kubuntu) & LXQt(Lubuntu)).

    These impacted printing, and exporting to PDF the most (eg. https://bugs.documentfoundation.org/...?id=125234#c11 which was mentioned in the release notes https://lubuntu.me/focal-2-released/)

    I rarely print (esp. from Libreoffice) so haven't kept up, but I thought updates fixed this (the snapped version of LibreOffice prints anyway as it doesn't use the Qt components where the bug was). There are work arounds too (passing parameters to LibreOffice when it starts)

    I can't find an easy paste to provide ; but https://discourse.lubuntu.me/t/print...h-20-04/964/34 maybe helpful.

    (I think it was starting with something like

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    Exec=env SAL_VCL_QT5_USE_CAIRO=true libreoffice --writer %U
    (it worked for all of us who tried it, even better maybe added it to environment variables as per https://discourse.lubuntu.me/t/print...h-20-04/964/44 but sorry it's been awhile since I looked at printing issues so can't recall everything clearly)

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    Re: Can anyone try a fresh Lubuntu 20.04 LTS install and test LibreOffice for me plea

    Thanks for your response. Late last night I also found this solution:

    https://ask.libreoffice.org/en/quest...-lubuntu-2004/
    Code:
    sudo apt remove libreoffice-qt5
    It fixed both the print and PDF issues for me.

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