Running Kubuntu 17.10.

I installed printer-driver-cups-pdf.

When I print from any application (native ones like Kate or others like Firefox), there is a default 'Print to file' printer and a 'PDF' printer like this:

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I can select 'Print to file' printer and choose the filename and folder where to save the file.

But when I choose 'PDF' printer, it asks for nothing. It just shows a window as if it is sending pages to a printer. Then the window disappears. I am not able to get a screenshot of this window as it disappears pretty fast.

But where are the files? They are not in ~, ~/Downloads, /tmp or ~/Documents

  • Are you using the system print dialogue, printing directly from Firefox or Chromium or what?
    – chili555
    Nov 22 '17 at 14:34
  • @chili555 I have edited the question to answer your question. Sorry, could have given it earlier
    – deshmukh
    Nov 22 '17 at 15:04
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    Btw, for me the pdf printer always saves the files under ~/Documents/
    – bistoco
    Nov 22 '17 at 15:12
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    Look for a directory in your home named 'PDF' Nov 22 '17 at 16:05
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    @CharlesGreen Perfect. Thanks. The files are indeed in the PDF folder. bistoco suggested the same thing a few minutes ago on the private chat. I have asked him to give it as an answer so I can accept it.
    – deshmukh
    Nov 22 '17 at 16:07

You'll have to create a directory called 'PDF' in your home folder, or edit /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf where you can put ${HOME}/Desktop or any other path you want (and have access to).

*Sumary of responses from this page : http://keeshink.blogspot.cl/2009/01/where-does-cups-pdf-put-my-pdf-file.html

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    Is not there a way to set it up for a user? I generally avoid editing system files. The link you provided also does not mention per user customization.
    – deshmukh
    Nov 23 '17 at 4:06

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