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Bug 79090 - dvips (tetex) sends output to printer by default
Summary: dvips (tetex) sends output to printer by default
Alias: None
Product: Gentoo Linux
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Current packages (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: Normal enhancement (vote)
Assignee: TeX project
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-01-22 07:15 UTC by Tor Klingberg
Modified: 2007-08-04 12:05 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description Tor Klingberg 2005-01-22 07:15:22 UTC
The program 'dvips', available in package tetex and perhaps others, will send its output to lpr by default. This is stupid. 

It is fixed by commenting out 
o |lpr
in /usr/share/texmf/dvips/config/

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 Tor Klingberg 2005-02-03 13:00:46 UTC
May I request sending this to the developewrs upstream?

Unless you disagree with me. In that case close this bug as INVALID or WONTFIX
Comment 2 Mamoru KOMACHI (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2005-02-04 06:46:39 UTC
Sorry for the delay. As for sending PostScript output to lpr,
I applied a patch to a2ps (app-text/a2ps) to send its output
to stdout (the patch was requested by some users) instead 
of sending it to lpr (default), but there are several users 
complaining it's not good to changed the default behaviour, 
so I added "vanilla" USE flag to disable the patch.
I cannot say which is better (not change the default, change
the default, or let users choose via USE flag), any idea?
Comment 3 Kim Pedersen 2007-04-17 13:29:02 UTC
This bug report is pretty old, and I think it should be closed with WONTFIX, as sending output to the printer is an upstream 'feature' and people are used to. I don't think that is Gentoo's purpose to fix bad upstream decisions.
Comment 4 Jakub Moc (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-08-04 12:05:20 UTC
As said above, if you want the defaults changed, that's what upstream is for, not Gentoo bugzilla.