[cups.development] [RFE] STR #2493: The PPD attribute DefaultOutputOrder should be automatically mapped to the outputorder-default printer option when creating a printer

Michael R Sweet msweet at apple.com
Fri Aug 24 16:42:21 PDT 2007

Philip Prindeville wrote:
> This is not an application/front-end/client-side issue.
> This should be handled by lpadmin and foomatic.
> This is the only place it can be specified, in fact.  If you have a pool 
> of printers that are mixed outputorder, then the client can't possibly 
> know which printer will receive the print job (and arguably, he 
> shouldn't have to... this and other bothersome details should be handled 
> without his intervention and "it should just work").
> Specifically, foomatic-rip should invoke pstops with the appropriate 
> arguments on detecting the option "outputorder=reverse" to perform page 
> reversal.

The whole idea is that, in the absence of the user requesting a
particular output order, the order will be as defined in the PPD file.
Thus, if the default order results in face up (or face down) output,
and all of the printers in that class (assuming you mix different
types of printers in the same class, which is a recipe for disaster)
will handle printing the output in a particular order such that you
have consistently face-up or face-down output.

Michael R Sweet                        Senior Printing System Engineer

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