[arch-general] libreoffice/cups print timeout - after fist few minutes can no longer print

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Fri Apr 13 11:32:34 EDT 2012


   I have noticed a problem in libreoffice for the past several months where 
nothing will print after the libre has been open for a couple of minutes.

   If you print right after you start libre office, everything prints just 
fine, but if you leave the document open for 5 minutes or so (could be as 
short as 2 minutes) nothing will print and you can no longer see your printers 
in File -> Printer Settings. If you shutdown Libre and restart it, you can 
print again for the first couple of minutes and then the same 'no print' 
problem occurs again.

   This has occurred in 3.4 and continues in 3.5. Has anyone else seen this 

   I feels like there is some type of timeout that occurs between cups and 
libre that causes this, but there is nothing in any of the logs in /var/log.

   This affects both LibreOffice and ApacheOpenOffice, so it looks to be a 
problem in the common codebase. I have reported the issue to Libre at 
freedesktop.org, but nothing has been done there. Also, all other apps, kde, 
etc.. continue to print just fine.

   Can anyone thing of additional tests that might be able to help diagnose 
what is happened?

   There have been some previous writeups, but no solutions: eg:


   When the problem occurs - all lpstat information shows all the printers 
still ready and willing to print. The is consistent with the fact you can 
still print from everything accept Libre and Apache Office.

   Seen it? Thoughts? Fixes?

David C. Rankin, J.D.,P.E.

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