[scribus] Printing an SLA without using X11

Jon jonforthewin at gmail.com
Fri Oct 10 19:32:53 CEST 2008

> Is it 
> so much bother to open Scribus to print a file?

Yes, because that requires a human being.

I need to be able to print (or export to PDF or ghostscript) SLAs with
no human intervention. After creating letter or form templates and
having our database merge arbitrary account information selected at
arbitrary times by any of our users for an arbitrary number of
templates, I need to be able to print them with no human intervention.
We are already doing this with a deprecated proprietary word processor
(wordperfect 10) which is the last mission critical application forcing
us to depend on a proprietary deprecated "operating system".

Even if Scribus could automatically open and run Scribus Python scripts
from a shell (scribus --run-script <script.py), while ugly as pages
would get printed client-side as opposed to server-side, that would
immediately make Scribus exponentially more valuable as it's the perfect
authoring tool for letters and forms.

On Thu, 2008-10-09 at 19:26 -0400, Gregory Pittman wrote:

> Maciej Hanski wrote:
> > Jon wrote:
> >   
> >> Is there a way to run Scribus or a Scribus script to print an SLA
> >> without using X11? Would I have to develop a tool that makes use of the
> >> Scribus API to do this? Sla2Pdf isn't functional on Ubuntu 8.04 with a
> >> simple letter I created, and exporting to a different format more than
> >> once to get an SLA on paper sounds kind of ugly.
> >>
> >> If any Scribus developers are reading, something like scribus --print
> >> --printer=$PRINTER_NAME <file> would be awesome.
> >>
> >>     
> >
> > Hi Jon,
> > please have a look at this feature request:
> >
> > http://bugs.scribus.net/view.php?id=238
> >
> >   
> What you're asking for is a bit of an "icing on the cake" issue. Is it 
> so much bother to open Scribus to print a file? OTOH, a command line 
> ability to make a PDF is a more useful thing, I think, yet, even so, 
> only begs for the ability to set all sorts of parameters such as you see 
> in the PDF Export dialog, and becomes a major undertaking.
> Greg
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