I just upgraded to 19.04. I have a Brother laser printer that I've used for quite a while with 14.04 with no problems. I reinstalled the drivers, and have been using the printer in 19.04, also without problems, to print .odt, .docx, and .pdf files.

This morning I tried to print a specific pdf. Nothing seems amiss when I click print, but the file did not print. I tried other pdfs, and they work fine. I tried another pdf reader (Okular instead of Evince) and that same file will not print from Okular either. Same if I open it in Firefox.

It's not the end of the world if I can't print this one pdf on this machine, but I am very curious about what could be causing this. Any tips on how to troubleshoot, or what might cause a single pdf to not print?

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    Try this: print the pdf to a file, and choose pdf as the file format. Then print that pdf file. – Jos May 5 '19 at 17:06
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    Would it happen to be one of those fancy ones with fill-in spaces and such? Sometimes you need the official Acrobat reader to work with those.... – You'reAGitForNotUsingGit May 5 '19 at 18:26
  • @AndroidDev Nope, just simple images and text. Instructions from an auto manufacturer on how to install a part. – partial_mask May 5 '19 at 19:04
  • @Jos that's a good suggestion. I tried prints as pdf and printing the output of that, but it showed the same behavior. – partial_mask May 6 '19 at 13:04
  • a year later this is still an issue, also does not work with 18.04 – partial_mask May 24 at 3:18

I came across this question because I have the same issue with a specific pdf (OpenSUSE Tumbleweed, kde, Epson printer, Okular). While I still don't know why this happens, a 'Force Rasterization'in the kde print dialog, pdf options, works around the issue for me.

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In addition to the "Force rasterization" in Okular, you might be able to get around these unprintable PDFs by converting them to a 600 DPI .djvu file:

pdf2djvu -d 600 file.pdf > printable.djvu

or to a 600 DPI PDF 1.3 file:

ps2pdf13 -r600x600 file.pdf printable.pdf 

More details can be found at https://feeding.cloud.geek.nz/posts/printing-hard-to-print-pdfs-on-linux/.

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