[lug] libre office question

Bear Giles bgiles at coyotesong.com
Tue Dec 19 10:59:51 MST 2017

I'm using the front manual feeder. The cards don't make it around the turn
at the back of the printer.‚Äč I haven't tried feeding the cards in from the
back since it's much more of a pain since the printer is stuck in the

On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 10:32 AM, Steve Litt <slitt at troubleshooters.com>

> On Tue, 19 Dec 2017 08:11:43 -0700
> Bear Giles <bgiles at coyotesong.com> wrote:
> > Libre Office question....
> >
> > I was playing around with Libre Office and my laser printer and
> > discovered that I can print 3x5 and 4x6 index cards in portrait mode.
> > I can't print them in landscape mode - they're not quite long enough
> > and the printer "jams". (In fact they're just sitting at the end of
> > the paper tray. I could probably feed them in from the back of the
> > printer (if this printer supports that))
> If you mean that the pickup rollers won't grab the 3x5 or 4x6 in
> landscape mode, that's a mechanical problem you can't overcome without
> manually feeding them in.
> If you mean something else, making a new CUPS (or lpring or whatever)
> printer def might do what's needed.
> It's also possible to write a little shellscript to change margins, and
> then print as 8.5x11. Here's one I use to print envelopes:
> =======================================
> #!/bin/sh
> enscript -B -r -P lp_dark -fCourier-Bold at 12 --margins=200:30:30:180 $1
> =======================================
> The preceding might not work multi-page: I've never tested it that way.
> >
> > That's not a problem with the content where it makes sense to print
> > it in portrait mode. However there are times I would like to print
> > the content in landscape mode even though I feed it into the printer
> > in portrait mode.
> >
> > I haven't been able to figure out how to do this. I can set the Libre
> > Office document in landscape mode but can't figure out how to rotate
> > it 90 degrees for printing. I don't know if I'm missing something
> > obvious or if it's an oversight.
> >
> > Any ideas?
> Home-grown printer driver that defaults to landscape.
> >
> > BTW I do know a workaround - I can print it to PDF, rotate the PDF,
> > and then print the resulting document. But if I'm going to that much
> > effort I might as well use Adobe on my windows system and I'm trying
> > to avoid that.
> Not true. The conversion and rotation can be done in a shellscript with
> command line parameters, so that once you've built the shellscript, you
> never need to point and click again.
> By the way, due to changes in the GNU java library, pdfTk no longer
> works on distros with the new Java libs. Therefore, you're going to
> want to rotate your PDF with something like pdfjam.
> SteveT
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