Thursday, October 28, 2010

Print to PDF, and some sniggles

Since my last Linux Mint 9 Update / Tweak, I've tackled some more of the sniggly things that I have with Linux Mint. Some of these things may have been related. Such as, I wasn't happy with the Ubuntu Logo showing up in my Menu. This might have be due to the Airplane Theme that I picked out, I don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised. But I don't like the default Mint Slab Menu system. I prefer the Gnome Menu. But neither the Mint Logo nor the "Gnome Foot" were on display, but rather the Ubuntu Logo. I do like Ubuntu, as Mint is built from it, but I'm not using it. As I don't know if there is a better way to do this fix/hack, but I searched out all of the start-here.svg files and replaced them with the icon of my choice. I had to do some resizing of the image, and use ROOT permissions, etc. It's a pain to search out for them, and replace them all. I don't know if I'll do it again.

The other thing, was that my PDF files were going into my main HOME folder. - I don't want that, I want to put them into my PDF folder, this is something that should be taken care of in the Cups PDF printer config, IMHO, so people don't have to hack it via the terminal, not a hard thing to do for me, but maybe not so easy for others. I think that the whole point of a GUI based Desktop is to be able to perform your tasks from within the GUI framework as much and as often as possible. But here I start to run amok and ramble.

Output files are stored in your home directory under /PDF subdirectory.
To change the default location of the PDF output
From a Terminal window you want to edit the /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf file

sudo gedit /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf

look for
Out ${HOME}/PDF
and change to:
Out ${HOME}/my_print_to_pdf_folder

I don't know why this does the trick, but it does. 

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