Bug 1262574 - Margins too wide for Brother HL-5470 printer
Margins too wide for Brother HL-5470 printer
Product: Fedora
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Assigned To: Zdenek Dohnal
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2015-09-12 19:55 EDT by John Reiser
Modified: 2016-07-19 13:52 EDT (History)
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Description John Reiser 2015-09-12 19:55:32 EDT
Description of problem: The software margins are too wide after a default install of Brother HL-5470DW printer using "Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer" driver.  The margins used for US Letter paper in /etc/cups/ppd/HL-5470DW.ppd  are 18 points (1/4 inch, 6.35mm) on Left and Right in portrait orientation, and 36 points (1/2 inch, 12.7mm) on Top and Bottom.  However, the printer hardware is capable of 12 points (1/6 inch, 4.23mm) on all sides.  The difference is particularly noticeable because the layout used by "a2ps" in default 2-up printing on US Letter paper has Left and Right margins [landscape orientation] of 27 points (3/8 inch, 9.52mm).  The extra 9 points (1/8 inch, 3.18mm) often contains significant information.

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How reproducible: every time

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install new Brother HL-5470DW printer recognized from Bonjour network auto-configuration
2.  print a 2-page text file using "a2ps" in default 2-up mode (2 pages per sheet) on US Letter paper.

Actual results: The left and right bounding boxes are clipped off near the edge of the paper.

Expected results:  Margins of 12 points on all edges for US Letter paper.

Additional info:  You can "fix" the problem by editing /etc/cups/ppd/HL-5470DW.ppd
----- before
*ImageableArea Letter/US Letter: "18 36 594 756"

*ImageableArea Letter/US Letter: "12 12 600 780"

and then restarting CUPS: systemctl restart cups

Editing /etc/cups/ppd/HL-5470DW.ppd is finicky: replace characters 1-for-1 only.
Comment 1 Jiri Popelka 2015-09-15 06:48:14 EDT
(In reply to John Reiser from comment #0)
> ... after a default install of Brother HL-5470DW printer
> using "Generic PCL 6/PCL XL Printer" driver.

Looking at
there's been no open source driver (PPD) for your printer yet.
The 'Generic ...' driver was a best guess.

You can contribute to the database by filling out this form:
Comment 2 John Reiser 2015-10-18 14:49:18 EDT
I tried http://www.openprinting.org/printers/upload; it was a UI disaster.  It requires an account, and the email verification fails if the first response is not 100% perfect.  Trying again, it is impossible to choose one of the existing ~150 drivers as "working".  Typing a <Return> in the driver name field activates the whole form without requiring confirmation, and leaves you with a totally blank screen, wondering what happened.

I did create some kind of listing for HL-5470DW, but cannot view the actual content of what I submitted.  Perhaps my main comment "The marking engine is the same as HL-5050, with 12-point (1/6 inch) margins on all edges" did get through.
Comment 3 Fedora Admin XMLRPC Client 2016-06-24 06:34:15 EDT
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database.  Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
Comment 4 Fedora End Of Life 2016-07-19 13:52:16 EDT
Fedora 22 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2016-07-19. Fedora 22 is
no longer maintained, which means that it will not receive any further
security or bug fix updates. As a result we are closing this bug.

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