sign printing with linux

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat May 1 03:58:35 UTC 2010

Earlier I was having a problem where when printing only parts of letters 
would print out.  It turns out the printer is fine and what I had was a 
cups configuration problem which I solved using lpoptions.  Cups by 
default prints to a4 type paper but that paper isn't used in the United 
States and printers are actually sold to meet the Letter or US Letter 
standard.  Once I configured cups to send stuff to the printer in Letter 
format the letters suddenly got much more legible.  I saved that command 
along with the command to enable a printer queue to a script file I'll be 
able to use to reconfigure as necessary too.  I also changed the printer 
resolution from 60x60DPI to 60x72DPI and that improved the print quality 
some too.  With the Panasonic KX-P1123 you can set the paper type and the 
resolution with cups.  I can probably embed printer escape codes in files 
and get finer control too but haven't yet gotten around to that.  Some of 
those resolution combinations are strange but none of them are identified 
by letter quality or near letter quality.

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