Ticket #455 (closed task: wontfix)

Opened 15 years ago

Last modified 13 years ago

Inventory WRW apps on Athena and determine how they print

Reported by: jdreed Owned by: jdreed
Priority: low Milestone: IAP 2011
Component: printing Keywords:
Cc: Fixed in version:
Upstream bug:


We need to inventory the WRW apps, and determine how they print. The goal is to figure out:

  • If they use GTK or Java
  • if they allow a user to specify a command line (and if so, is it lpr or lp)
  • if they hardcode any paths to printing commands
  • what their default output format is (PDF, PS, etc).
  • anything else we think is relevant.

Going forward, we come up with a set of guidelines, and new 3partysw on Athena has to conform to those guidelines (maybe to the point where a program cannot be installed on Athena if it hardcodes /usr/bin/lp).

Note that this will be difficult, because we need to look at both the Ubuntu packages and any locker software.

If we encounter printing stupidity in Ubuntu packages, we should be sure to file a bug upstream.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

  • Priority changed from major to minor
  • Milestone changed from Karmic Deploy to Summer 2010

Punted until CUPS stops sucking.

comment:2 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

  • Owner set to jdreed
  • Status changed from new to accepted
  • Milestone changed from Summer 2010 (Lucid Deploy) to Fall 2010

comment:3 Changed 14 years ago by jdreed

Right, so I'm no longer convinced this will be helpful. It seems there are a bunch of options for 3rd party apps:

  • Gtk Printing
  • Java Printing via javax.print.ServiceUI.printDialog() via java.awt.print.PrinterJob?.printDialog() A hybrid model that uses javax.print.PrintServiceLookup? to get a list of printers, but then shells out to lpr with CUPS syntax
  • Shell out to lpr (Berkeley syntax)
  • Shell out lp (with SysV syntax, e.g. -d printername)
  • Shell out to lpr (CUPS syntax)
  • A hybrid model that uses ... something (localhost:631?)... to get the printer list, but then shells out to lpr with CUPS syntax (e.g. acroread)

I believe everything that is not Gtk still spits out PostScript?, not PDF.

comment:4 Changed 13 years ago by jdreed

  • Status changed from accepted to closed
  • Resolution set to wontfix
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