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Bug 456366 - Printing certain documents results in garbled text
Summary: Printing certain documents results in garbled text
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: cups
Version: 8
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Tim Waugh
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2008-07-23 06:24 UTC by logiconcepts819
Modified: 2009-01-09 06:41 UTC (History)
0 users

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2009-01-09 06:41:15 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
This zip archive contains the images of the expected printout and the actual printout, and the file for reproducing the problem. (deleted)
2008-07-23 06:24 UTC, logiconcepts819
no flags Details
This zip archive contains the PPD file and the troubleshoot text file. (deleted)
2008-08-06 01:43 UTC, logiconcepts819
no flags Details (deleted)
2008-08-06 09:01 UTC, Tim Waugh
no flags Details
This picture proves the result using the command "lp -dHL-1650_70N_BR-Script3 -oraw". (deleted)
2008-08-06 15:56 UTC, logiconcepts819
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pol-sci-letter-1-demo.pdf (deleted)
2008-08-06 16:45 UTC, Tim Waugh
no flags Details

Description logiconcepts819 2008-07-23 06:24:51 UTC
Description of problem:
Hello.  I was attempting to print a document in OpenOffice Writer using a
Brother HL-1650 printer (the Make and Model according to the printer
configuration is 'Brother HL-1650 Foomatic/Postscript,' and I am using the
'AppSocket/HP JetDirect' method for printing).  However, the printed document
showed garbled text (see 'cups-printout.png' in the '' attachment), as
opposed to what it should have been (see 'normal-printout.png' in the attachment
- this copy was printed from Windows XP with OpenOffice, so this is apparently
not an OpenOffice bug).  No errors show up in the CUPS error log; it simply
indicates that the job has "Completed successfully."  The 'messages' log file
also did not show any errors regarding CUPS.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
cups.i386 1:1.3.7-4.fc8

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Download the attached '' attachment.
2. Open ''
3. Launch 'pol-sci-letter-1-demo.odt' from whichever zip utility opened.
4. Print the document.
Actual results:
The printout had garbled text.  CUPS did not show any errors, and errors related
to CUPS were not present in any of the log files.

Expected results:
The printout should not have any problems.

Additional info:

Comment 1 logiconcepts819 2008-07-23 06:24:51 UTC
Created attachment 312424 [details]
This zip archive contains the images of the expected printout and the actual printout, and the file for reproducing the problem.

Comment 2 Tim Waugh 2008-08-04 16:36:17 UTC
I have not been able to reproduce this.  I need further information:

1. Please attach the PPD for the queue from /etc/cups/ppd/.

2. Please try the printing troubleshooter (System->Administration->Printing from the main menu, then Help->Troubleshoot from the menu bar) and, when it asks you to print a test page, print from OpenOffice as before.  You will probably end up with a troubleshoot.txt file -- please attach that here using the 'Add an attachment' link.

Comment 3 logiconcepts819 2008-08-06 01:43:06 UTC
Created attachment 313510 [details]
This zip archive contains the PPD file and the troubleshoot text file.

Comment 4 Tim Waugh 2008-08-06 09:01:36 UTC
Created attachment 313535 [details]

I've attached the result of File->Print, Print To File (PostScript) from  Please try this:

lp -dHL-1650_70N_BR-Script3 -oraw

Does that result in garbled output?

Comment 5 logiconcepts819 2008-08-06 15:47:24 UTC
Yes, the printout comes out garbled.

Comment 6 logiconcepts819 2008-08-06 15:56:33 UTC
Created attachment 313590 [details]
This picture proves the result using the command "lp -dHL-1650_70N_BR-Script3 -oraw".

Comment 7 Tim Waugh 2008-08-06 16:45:14 UTC
Created attachment 313607 [details]

Here is a PDF generated by from Fedora 8 (2.3.0-6.15.fc8).

Please try printing it like this:

  lp -dHL-1650_70N_BR-Script3 pol-sci-letter-1-demo.pdf

Does that look garbled?

Comment 8 logiconcepts819 2008-08-06 17:52:58 UTC
Printing the exported PDF file does NOT result in garbled text.

Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2008-11-26 11:01:54 UTC
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Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2009-01-09 06:41:15 UTC
Fedora 8 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-01-07. Fedora 8 is 
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