Bug 70676 - PRINTING: Difficulties with combining smaller pages on a bigger one
Summary: PRINTING: Difficulties with combining smaller pages on a bigger one
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: bibisectRequest, regression
Depends on:
Blocks: Print
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Reported: 2013-10-20 15:18 UTC by Markus Elfring
Modified: 2019-09-02 09:45 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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simple test document (10.73 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2013-10-20 15:18 UTC, Markus Elfring
scanned sheet of paper ISO A4 for a print result from Stylus C84 with CUPS on openSUSE (2.53 MB, image/png)
2013-11-10 10:51 UTC, Markus Elfring

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Description Markus Elfring 2013-10-20 15:18:55 UTC
Created attachment 87881 [details]
simple test document

I try the current word processor out a bit in a KDE 4.11.2 session. I put some text into a document where I chose the page size "ISO A5" (orientation "Landscape"). I opened the print dialogue where the printer "Epson Stylus C84" (driven by "CUPS+Gutenprint v5.2.9") was selected while it provided a standard page size "ISO A4". I chose two pages per sheet and pressed the button "Print" (because the small preview looked fine).

I observed that the output was mostly misplaced. It seems that the applied page size was shrunken on the paper in an unexpected way.
Comment 1 Markus Elfring 2013-11-10 10:51:08 UTC
Created attachment 88964 [details]
scanned sheet of paper ISO A4 for a print result from Stylus C84 with CUPS on openSUSE

Does my approach work with a different driver for a concrete device?
Comment 2 raal 2014-12-23 22:12:18 UTC
Please test with current version of LO. I have not problem with LO 4.3.3 and cups-pdf printer.
Please change the status back to UNCONFIRMED if bug still occurs in LO 4.3.x. Thank you
Comment 3 QA Administrators 2015-07-18 17:35:08 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 4 Markus Elfring 2015-07-19 19:50:42 UTC
(In reply to raal from comment #2)

My printer has changed in the meantime. So I can give further feedback for the initial print task at least.

I have specified to print three A5 pages with the device "Kyocera P6021cdn" in a Windows 7 session by the program "LibreOffice Writer" with the setup option "two pages per sheet" a moment ago.
I expected that a single sheet of paper would be presented with text on both sides. But I got three A4 sheets.
Comment 5 derstuttgarter 2015-07-31 19:04:16 UTC
I've got the same problem.

Create a A5-Document, choose print - page layout - 2 pages per sheet. LO tries to print two pages on one A5-page, even if printer settings say, page size is A4.
(Tested with different printers, with LO 4.4.5.)

Worked correctly (2 A5-pages on 1 A4-page) in previous versions and still works in AOO 4.1.1.

Would be nice if it could be fixed. Thanks for your good work!
Comment 6 raal 2015-07-31 19:14:59 UTC
Confirmed in comment 5, setting to NEW.
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2016-09-20 10:20:39 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 Markus Elfring 2016-09-21 19:32:19 UTC
(In reply to QA Administrators from comment #7)

I have checked the software situation with components like the following again.
* Linux 4.6
* LibreOffice Writer
* CUPS 2.1.3-195.5
* Kyocera P6021cdn (KPDL)

I can open the dialogue "Properties of …" (from the dialogue "Printing") as usual.
Now I wonder about the detail that the fields "Paper size" and "Orientation" seem to be greyed out while the size "A5" is displayed there. I would appreciate to switch to the standard size "A4" somehow.

Under which circumstances should the combination of smaller pages on a bigger one work as desired?
Comment 9 Xisco Faulí 2017-09-29 08:48:09 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 10 Markus Elfring 2017-10-08 13:45:38 UTC
(In reply to Xisco Faulí from comment #9)

I have checked the software situation with components like the following again.
* Linux 4.11.1
* LibreOffice Writer, Build-ID: 40m0(Build:2)
* CUPS 2.2.3-214.3
* Kyocera P6021cdn (KPDL)

I duplicated the page from my test document. Now it is possible to get two small pages on a single A4 page printed. But I find the text positions wrong for the output from the second page in such a test case (while the print preview looked so promising in the dialogue “Printing” after the selection of the layout “2 pages per sheet”).

I would like to know also if a single small page from an example document could be automatically duplicated on the chosen bigger page format (without immediate form feeds).
Comment 11 QA Administrators 2018-10-09 02:53:30 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 12 Markus Elfring 2018-10-09 18:22:18 UTC
(In reply to QA Administrators from comment #11)
I would appreciate a more constructive feedback to my previous questions.

Software components:
* LibreOffice Writer, Build-ID: 10(Build:1)
* CUPS 2.3b4-231.1
Comment 13 Thomas Lendo 2019-08-19 19:34:39 UTC
Adding keyword 'regression' as commenters stated that it was OK in old versions of LibreOffice.

Markus, not many people are reading here and answering questions. I assume ask.libreoffice.org is a better place. The bug is registered and will be considered for fixing when there is a developer who wants to fix it.