On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 12:24:14PM -0500, Steve Staples wrote:

> On Wed, 2010-12-29 at 11:49 -0500, Paul M Foster wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 10:36:30AM -0500, Steve Staples wrote:
> >
> > > Hi!
> > >
> > > I have an app that needs to be created, and it is all running on linux.
> > > I am sure I shoulnd't really write it using PHP, but it's kinda what I
> > > know, and am familiar with... so I am thinking about doing with PHP.
> > >
> > > Anyway, for simplicity sake, i am creating a pdf through php (no
> > > problems there) and it needs to be printed.  I've never done printing on
> > > linux, but is there an easy way to send the pdf print job via command
> > > lines to the local (or network) printer?
> > >
> > > a friend of mine said "postscript" or "cups", but I am not familiar with
> > > them, so I thought I would ask you GURU's here :)
> >
> > The big problem here is that the site is on the server and the printer
> > is on the client (most likely). Normally if you provide a link to a PDF
> > in a webpage, the user/client downloads that PDF and the browser tries
> > to open it in whatever program it thinks is good for that (like XPDF
> > under Linux). The program in which it opens the PDF will have an option
> > to print the file. I've been printing invoices, checks and reports out
> > of my corporate system for years this way.
> >
> > Paul
> >
> actually... it is a localized app (it should be more of a C++ or Java
> (or even Python), but I know PHP more weller than the others... and
> there is also a few other things they want... so right now, it will be
> on the local machine, but down the road, it will be on a "server", but
> it is all on the local intranet, so the printers will be accessible.
> this is not a "world" app, just internal.
> I can create the PDF's no problem, it is just how to send the created
> pdf to the printer to print (it is a label printer, printing 3x5 labels)

I have heard of (and seen) some Javascript code which can be embedded
in a PDF to make it print without the need for what I described. But I
don't recall where I saw it. Might have been on this list, so you could
check the archives.


Paul M. Foster

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