Stair Step Printing

Kurt Pfeifle kurt.pfeifle at
Thu Jun 14 13:39:31 PDT 2007

> I would like to print to a printer with raw data. The printer prints
> the file but does not convert the "newline" to a "newline/cr" so the
> printout is stair stepping down the page and to the right side of the
> printout. Our database package sends print data with no pitch size
> changes so we set the default pitch on the printer to 16.7. Is there
> a setting to change "newline" to "newline/cr"???

Some printer models do have such a setting. You don't say which model you're using....

The other two options are to let CUPS filter the textual printfiles coming from your database:

 * Use CUPS with the "driver"/PPD that matches your printer (maybe even
   the generic laserjet.ppd shipping with CUPS suffices for your case).
   This does also allow you to set the character sizes via "cpi=..." and

 * Write a simple filter that replaces LF with CR/LF and plug it into
   CUPS (in the shape of an "interface script").

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