Printing from Linux

MyPrint Devices

The University 'MyPrint' system is a centrally managed pull printing system.
This allows print jobs to be sent to a single queue, and then collected from one of many printers by logging in to the printer, and selecting the jobs to be printed.

On the Linux systems, there are two 'MyPrint' queueus:

  • myprint - for taught student use
  • myprint-staff - for staff and research postgraduate use
For taught students, printing to the myprint queue, a prompt should appear when a job is sent to print - this will tell you how much you will be charged for the print job, and allow you to confirm or cancel.

For staff and research postgraduates, sending to the myprint-staff queue will allow the job to be collected from a 'MyPrint' enabled device.

At present, the 'MyPrint' enabled devices can be found with the School of Earth and Environment in the rooms:
  • 9.154 (MSc Computer Room) - printers 9.154m and psXX
  • 9.156 (MSc Specialist Room) - printer psXX
  • 9.162 (Teaching Computer Room) - printer psXX

Konica Multi Function Devices

Each of the general use Konica Multi Function Devices (MFDs) has 2 print queues associated with it on the Linux systems - one which defaults to monochrome printing, and one which defaults to colour.

This is to accommodate command line printing - from GUI programs you should be able to see and change the print options using either queue.

Each MFD device has a Linux queue with the standard device name and a second colour queue with a c suffix, foe example the printer 11-115m has:

  • 11-115m - monochrome print queue
  • 11-115mc - colour print queue
The default for all print queues is to use duplex printing.

Printing from the command line can be done with the lp command. For example, to print the file 'myFile.pdf' to printer 9.154, in colour, you can use:

lp -d 9-154mc myFile.pdf

From a command line, duplexing can be switched off using the lp command, and the Konica driver option 'KMDuplex', e.g.:

lp -o KMDuplex=1Sided -d11-115m /path/to/file

this would print the file single sided on the printer 11-115m.

All available printers can be listed with the command:

lpstat -a

Konica Driver Options

The Konica drivers have a multitude of options available, some which are likely to be useful can be found, when printing from graphical programs, under the following headings:

  • Binding Position - for duplex printing, default is 'left bind'.
  • Print Type - duplex option, default is '2-sided'.
  • Select Color - switch colour on ('Auto Colour') or off, default is 'Gray Scale'.
  • Staple - staple together the output, default is 'off' (stapling requires a finishing unit - see Printer Locations).
Here is an example of setting some driver options within a pdf viewer:
Printing from Linux - PDF Viewer

Printing from Firefox

Be aware! when using firefox, the paper size setting is not within the print settings...
You can set the paper size within the 'File' > 'Page Setup' options.:

Printing from Linux - Firefox

Printing from OpenOffice/LibreOffice

Some files in OpenOffice/LibreOffice (usually documents that have been saved in a Microsoft '.doc'/'.docx' format) may not print if the document paper size is set to 'letter', as this can override any settings in the print preferences.

To get around this the document page size must be changed to A4, within the 'Format' > 'Page' menu:

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Setting the 'Format' option to A4 should allow the document to print successfully.

A5 Booklet Printing (.pdf):

The Konica Multi Function devices have settings in the driver to enable booklet printing, however, these may not always work as expected.

The easiest way to print out an A5 booklet, is to print from a .pdf file using acroread.

acroread should be in the PATH by default, and can be opened from a terminal by simply typing:

acroread

When printing, select the required printer from the list, and within the 'page handling' section of the print dialogue, set 'Page Scaling' to 'Booklet Printing', set 'Booklet Subset' to 'Both Sides', and leave the 'Auto-Rotate Pages' box un-checked:

Printing from Linux - Booklet Printing

To ensure the pages are all facing the correct way, the 'Binding Position' option needs to be set to 'Top Bind' within the driver settings.

This can be done by going to the printer properties, by clicking the 'properties' button, at the top right of the print dialogue box, where the 'Bind Position' option can be found, and set to 'Top Bind':

Printing from Linux - Booklet Printing

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