Bug 856097 - Printing to HP-4000 broken.
Printing to HP-4000 broken.
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: foomatic (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Tim Waugh
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Reported: 2012-09-11 04:12 EDT by Ralph Loader
Modified: 2013-08-01 14:11 EDT (History)
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Description Ralph Loader 2012-09-11 04:12:09 EDT
Printing to a HP laserjet 4000 over JetDirect no longer works.

On sending the print job to the printer, the LEDs on the printer blink for a while, then the printer goes back to idle.  There is no error indication whatsoever.

A complete guess as to the problem: this is a very old printer.  It most likely does not support PostScipt uncompression with: "/Filter /FlateDecode"
Comment 1 Ralph Loader 2012-09-11 05:03:09 EDT
Obvious info:

The problem is not fixed by deleting and recreating the printer in system-config-printer.

$ rpm -qa|grep cups|sort

I've just found that the system-config-print 'print test page' works.  But not printing from any other application I tried.  So this might be a problem with the cairo (?) printing rather than cups?
Comment 2 Ralph Loader 2012-09-11 05:10:53 EDT
Experimenting futher:

Printing from firefox does not work.
Printing PDFs from evince does work.
Printing a .ps file (generated by GEDA pcb) from evince does work.

So looks like a problem at the rendering level rather than the printer spooler level.  Re-assigning to cairo, as my best guess of the most likely culprit.
Comment 3 Tim Waugh 2012-09-11 06:05:34 EDT
Resetting assignee.
Comment 4 Ralph Loader 2012-09-12 18:57:29 EDT
Ok, I tracked down the problem a bit:

The print supports only postscript level 2.  This is appears to be noted in the foomatic XML file /usr/share/foomatic/db/source/printer/HP-LaserJet_4000.xml:

    <postscript level="2" />

But foomatic ignores this when generating the ppdfile and sets the postscipt level to 3 (observced both with setting up the printer via the GUI and running foomatic-ppdfile by hand):

$ foomatic-ppdfile cat foomatic-ppdfile:HP-LaserJet_4000-Postscript.ppd
*LanguageLevel:	"3"

Editing the ppd file by hand gets the printer working again, printing a pdf from evince.
Comment 5 Jiri Popelka 2012-09-19 09:22:57 EDT
(In reply to comment #4)
> $ foomatic-ppdfile cat foomatic-ppdfile:HP-LaserJet_4000-Postscript.ppd
> *LanguageLevel:	"3"
> Editing the ppd file by hand gets the printer working again, printing a pdf
> from evince.

Well done, I'll take a look at it.

I've just found this note on http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/CUPS

Seems many HP Printers have problems printing Postscript Level 3, such as rectangle glyphs replacing chars even with their binary drivers installed. When you configure your HP printer, or to resolve this issue, edit the printer's PPD file and set '*LanguageLevel: "2"'. Upon further research, only Postscript Level 2 is accepted by HP printers! Even though you might think you're printing PS Level 3, you're final file is likely PS Level 2. Both MS Windows and Ubuntu are hard-coded to only print PS Level 2, even when PS 3 has been specified/selected!
Comment 6 Jiri Popelka 2012-09-19 10:38:38 EDT
My Perl-fu is too poor to make some conclusion, but it seems that LanguageLevel: is indeed always set to "3".
The generateppd() in foomatic-ppdfile calls getppd() from
which takes (with get_tmpl()) a template PPD (containing *LanguageLevel:	"3") and substitutes various statements, but LanguageLevel is not substituted.
Comment 7 Tim Waugh 2012-09-19 11:39:56 EDT
Needs reporting upstream: https://bugs.linuxfoundation.org/
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