Bug#768133: evince won't print landscape PDFs

Samuel Wolf samuelwolf85 at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 3 11:37:43 UTC 2015

Hi all,

2015-02-03 2:52 GMT+01:00 Chris Kuehl <ckuehl at ocf.berkeley.edu>:

> Hi all,
> Just wanted to provide some additional context on this bug.
> The current version of evince in jessie/sid will not print landscape
> PDFs (at least, none that I've tried). Instead, the pages print blank.
> It's possible to print the pages by un-checking ``Auto-rotate and
> center'' (which is checked by default), but as expected, the page will
> be oriented and positioned incorrectly, making the print basically
> unusable. I haven't found a way to workaround the bug without resorting
> to something like Okular or command-line tools.
> An evince developer (Carlos Garcia Campos) states on 2015-01-28 in the
> upstream bug [1] [2] [3]:
> > Having a proper fix for this is taking more time than I expected, so
> > I've just reverted the patch that introduced this regression in both
> > branches until we find a proper solution in both Evince and GTK+. This
> > is now fixed, use bug #734788 for new discussions or patches to the
> > centering option when having a manual scale.
There is also a Fedora bug report [4], where the maintainer reverted the
> commit which caused it.
> So, it seems the best step forward is to follow upstream and Fedora, and
> revert this commit. I've attached a debdiff which reverts it, and tested
> it in our busy computer lab for the past few days successfully.
> Is there any opposition to marking this bug as release-critical? I know
> it's late in the freeze, but I think PDF printing using the default PDF
> viewer on the default DE with the default settings should not be broken
> in jessie, especially since we have an easy fix by reverting the commit
> which caused it. I'm not sure the current severity is appropriate?
I create another bug report [1] since there a more gtk applications
affected and set it to "grave".
But it was drop down to "important" and not release critical [2].

As you write I think it is not a good idea to have a broken landscape
printout with the default DE and Viewer in Debian Jessie.


[1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=771205
[2] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=771205#21

> I'm happy to help with additional testing.
> Many thanks,
> Chris
> P.S. An easy way to test is to install `printer-driver-cups-pdf`, which
> will show the behavior. ``Print to PDF'' in Evince seems to not. There
> is a PDF attached to Samuel's first email in this thread which can be
> used as a test case.
> [1] Upstream bug report
> https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=739723
> [2] Upstream revert commit:
> https://git.gnome.org/browse/evince/commit/?id=69b474fce1a87a0839e1f541f1297492e47c7c31
> [3] Commit which was blamed and reverted by upstream and Fedora:
> https://git.gnome.org/browse/evince/commit/?id=ae7a5715131613955a37419b5da1d6d9f3c1cb1d
> [4] Fedora bug report:
> https://git.gnome.org/browse/evince/commit/?id=69b474fce1a87a0839e1f541f1297492e47c7c31
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