altering iceweasel print settings
Replying to my own posting, in case it helps someone else...
On Wed, Feb 04, 2009 at 05:16:08PM +0000, Richard Lyons wrote:
> This seems quite out of control now. I have a lenny box with iceweasel
> [Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; it; rv:184.108.40.206) Gecko/2008122011
> Iceweasel/3.0.5 (Debian-3.0.5-1)]
> The page setup dialog has no margin settings, only the choice of printer,
> papersize and orientation. Changing the papersize has no effect and it
> reverts every time to the non-standard american letter size. I've tried
> with about:config which starts with a bizarre announcement about voiding
> warranty and then offers what looks like a solution, with several different
> margin settings. With these, some change can be made -- I can get an A4
> page from easyjet to print on the preview on one page, for example. However
> these also reset themselves as soon as you actually send anything to the
> Is this a buggy release or just an antifeature?
It is a serious bug. It takes a lot of persistence to get two consecutive
pages to print with margins that do not split onto two pages a layout
intended to be on one page. I don't know if this will survive restarting
firefox, but I succeeded with the following:
- In page settings | click on papersize to get a menu with 'manage
personalised paper size' and select this.
- Create a new papersize called 'real A4' and set all margins to zero.
- Open "about:config", accepting a warning about voiding warranty (!)
- Alter _all_ of the following settings. If you don't do all, then they
reset themselves when printing a page and have to be redone for the next
page. It may be that some of these can be omitted, there were too many
to permutate completely, but I spent 3 hours trying before succeeding.
There are several sets of settings for bottom, right , left, and top -
where I set these the same I list them below with a wildcard (*) to save
print.postscript.paper_size real A4
print.printer_print_to_file.print_paper_name real A4
print.printer_print_to_file.print_unwriteable_marg in_* 0
print.printer_hplj5.print_paper_name real A4
Obviously, the printername will vary depending on what is set up on a
I have now tested closing Firefox and restarting it. The settings appear to
remain, so I may be able to print my boarding cards the next time I travel
too! (But why should it be so very difficult?)
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