Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 246611
[fix available] OpenOffice.org will only print to the default printer
Last modified: 2008-05-21 13:24:31 EDT
Description of problem:
Using gnome in RHEL 5 if you have a default printer set, open office will print
to that printer no matter which printer you select in the gnome print dialog.
If you do not have a default printer set, open office will not print at all and
instead returns the message, "Error while printing"
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[msanders@msanders ~]$ rpm -qa | grep openoffice
[msanders@msanders ~]$ cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Client release 5 (Tikanga)
[msanders@msanders ~]$ rpm -qa | grep gnomeprint
reproducible every time
Steps to Reproduce:
1. browsepoll cups.rdu.redhat.com in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf
2. set default printer from gnome menu (System->Preferences->More
3. Print something from openoffice and select a printer other than your default
4. The print job will go to your default printer
print job goes to default printer
print job goes to selected printer
I am a member of the Red Hat Help Desk and we have reproduced this on all of our
RHEL 5 CSB builds. If you don't select a default printer, open office won't
print at all. This is causing confusion internally.
I think this is likely to be the same root problem as bug 230993.
So if someone could grab the latest FC-6 OOo (2.0.4-5.5.23), and force install
it on a RHEL-5 box that currently exhibits this problem and see if it resolves
this problem that'd be great.
I think we have the fix for this in a later release
I am sorry I didn't get back to you sooner about this, but I got busy and
forgot. I did install the latest Fedora packages on RHEL 5 and I still had this
problem, however, I did not have this problem in Fedora 7. Is there any way
that we (the Red Hat Help Desk) could get our hands on the updated RHEL OO
packages to test? We are in desparate need of a less buggy Open Office, and I
think you are correct that later versions of OO fix a lot of the minor issues
and crashes that we get asked about constantly.
Thanks for your help,
If the FC-7 one works then the fix proposed here should then work (in theory)
For 5.2 I believe we'll be allowed to rebase to a later version of OOo.
In the meantime, while waiting for this issue to be approved, I'll build a
testing "scratch" build with just the proposed fix for the printer issue added
and post the location here when complete, test version will be
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Should be ok in 2.3.0 by virtue of rebase
An advisory has been issued which should help the problem
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being
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