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1.59.  foomatic

1.59.1.  RHBA-2009:1240: bug fix update

An updated foomatic package that fixes two bugs is now available.
Foomatic is a comprehensive, spooler-independent database of printers, printer drivers, and driver descriptions. An interactive version of this database is available at
Foomatic provides utilities to generate driver description files and printer queues for CUPS, LPD, LPRng, and PDQ from the database. As well, foomatic makes it possible to read PJL-options out of PJL-capable laser printers and take them into account when driver description files are generated.
The package also includes spooler-independent command line interfaces to manipulate queues (foomatic-configure) and to print files and manipulate print jobs (foomatic printjob).
This updated package addresses the following issues:
  • previously, PostScript Printer Descriptions (PPDs) created for printers for which no page margin information was available used ImageableArea settings that equated to zero-width margins (ie, foomatic over-optimistically assumed edge-to-edge printing capability in the absence of specific information to the contrary). With this update, PPDs created for printers with no included margin information are set to 127mm (36 points or 0.5") by default. This avoids problems with print jobs being cropped at the edges of the page. (BZ#244348)
  • spooler auto-detection is not part of foomatic and, previously, foomatic did not set a default spooler. Consequently, the foomatic-configure command failed to detect that CUPS was present if a default spooler was not set in /etc/foomatic/defaultspooler (which was not created by default during foomatic installation). With this update, /etc/foomatic/defaultspooler is created during installation and the default spooler is set to CUPS, ensuring foomatic-configure is aware of CUPS. (BZ#454684)
All foomatic users should upgrade to this updated package, which resolves these issues.

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