Bug#618543: evince produces insanely large spool files when printing PDF

John Hughes john at calva.com
Wed Mar 16 08:23:15 UTC 2011

Package: evince
Version: 2.30.3-2
Severity: important

Printing a simple PDF from evince to a HP printer produces a
very large spool file which takes ages to print.

For example the attached (85Kbyte) PDF produces a 1.2Mbyte spool file.

Just printing the original PDF file is rapid.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0
  APT prefers squeeze-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'squeeze-updates'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-686 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_GB.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages evince depends on:
ii  evince-common          2.30.3-2          Document (PostScript, PDF) viewer 
ii  gconf2                 2.28.1-6          GNOME configuration database syste
ii  gnome-icon-theme       2.30.3-2          GNOME Desktop icon theme
ii  libatk1.0-0            1.30.0-1          The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libc6                  2.11.2-10         Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libcairo2              1.8.10-6          The Cairo 2D vector graphics libra
ii  libdbus-1-3            1.2.24-4          simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libdbus-glib-1-2       0.88-2.1          simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  libevince2             2.30.3-2          Document (PostScript, PDF) renderi
ii  libfontconfig1         2.8.0-2.1         generic font configuration library
ii  libfreetype6           2.4.2-2.1         FreeType 2 font engine, shared lib
ii  libgconf2-4            2.28.1-6          GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libglib2.0-0           2.24.2-1          The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-keyring0      2.30.1-1          GNOME keyring services library
ii  libgtk2.0-0            2.20.1-2          The GTK+ graphical user interface 
ii  libice6                2:1.0.6-2         X11 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libnautilus-extension1 2.30.1-2          libraries for nautilus components 
ii  libpango1.0-0          1.28.3-1+squeeze2 Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libsm6                 2:1.1.1-1         X11 Session Management library
ii  libx11-6               2:1.3.3-4         X11 client-side library
ii  libxml2                2.7.8.dfsg-2      GNOME XML library
ii  shared-mime-info       0.71-4            FreeDesktop.org shared MIME databa
ii  zlib1g                 1:  compression library - runtime

Versions of packages evince recommends:
ii  dbus-x11                      1.2.24-4   simple interprocess messaging syst
ii  gvfs                          1.6.4-3    userspace virtual filesystem - ser

Versions of packages evince suggests:
ii  nautilus                      2.30.1-2   file manager and graphical shell f
ii  poppler-data                  0.4.3-1    Encoding data for the poppler PDF 
pn  unrar                         <none>     (no description available)

-- no debconf information
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