[scribus] Printing from within Scribus

Nik scribus at babel.homelinux.net
Mon Jul 21 07:49:33 CEST 2008

Hi All,

For a number of years now, I have encountered significant problems with 
printing directly from Scribus. The workaround has always been to create 
a PDF and print from that.

However I thought I should report these in case there is something 
simple that I am doing wrong, or in case it indicates the existence of a 
"coding opportunity" for someone :o)

I support scribus installed on a number of machines running a variety of 
versions of Fedora Core, and a variety of versions of Scribus.

These problems were certainly there in 1.2.4, and are still there in, and at least one other flavour of 1.3.3.

1. I simply cannot print a landscape document in landscape orientation.
The only way I have been able to print landscape documents has been to 
create a PDF and print from that.
I am *fairly* sure that landscape printing worked in versions earlier 
than 1.2.4.
Currently whenever I try, I get a landscape-oriented document printed on 
portrait-oriented paper.

2. Larger documents (10+ pages with a total of 20 images) tickles a 
problem in the postscript processor on linux, causing it to consume all 
RAM, and then make the machine page-fault itself into oblivion.

Since this problem is such a pain when it happens, I haven't tried 
printing a large document from Scribus for quite some time, but the last 
time I tried on both 1.2.4 and 1.3.3.something, it failed. As I 
indicated, this seems not to be a fault with Scribus per se, but 
something in the printing filters on linux. However, the problem seems 
to be caused by the way scribus is performing the printing, since a PDF 
made from that scribus document *can* be printed.

Has anyone else encountered similar problems, and does anyone have any 
advice on how to fix this?

If anyone would like more information or sample files, I am happy to 
provide them.


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