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Is it possible to send pdf files to a printer using php?

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I have several pdf files in a folder on the web server. I want to make a script with php(server side) which list the files and send them to a printer. Listing the files is no problem. I tried using the printer_write functions but it seems not to work correctly, thats is: I get a lot of pages containing some ugly characters.
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Question by:Dag-Egil
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Sorry folks! I forgot one essential line of code:
printer_set_option($ph, PRINTER_MODE, 'RAW');
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by:shobinsun
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Hello,

Direct printing of pdf documents is not possible using php's print_* functions.

You can convert pdf to bmp format (e.g. using Imagemagicks convert command: convert filename.pdf  filename.bmp) and print out bmp file using printer_draw_bmp()

Use unix system commands for printing: system('lpr -PNAMEOFPRINTER filename.pdf');

Regards.
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Well, after I put in the missing line of code the script works for me. I am now able to list all pdf files in a folder and send the files to a printer. Se enclosed code snippet.
          // Open file and get file content
          $filenameTemp = $directory.'/utskrift/'.$FileName;
          if($filehandler = fopen($filenameTemp, 'rb')){
            $filecontent = fread($filehandler, filesize($filenameTemp));
            fclose($filehandler);
            
            // Print out the file content
            $printername = "HP Color LaserJet 4700 PCL 6";
            if($ph = printer_open($printername)){
              printer_set_option($ph, PRINTER_MODE, 'RAW');
              printer_write($ph, $filecontent);
              printer_close($ph);
              
              $strLogResult .= ' sendt til printer '.$printername;
              // Move the file to another directory
              if(rename($directory.'/utskrift/'.$FileName, $directory.'/arkivering/'.$FileName)){
                $strLogResult .= '. Filen er klar for arkivering.';
              } else {
                $strLogResult .= ' Klarte ikke å flytte filen. ';
              }
            } else {
              $strLogResult .= ' feilet, klarte ikke å åpne printer '.$printername;
            }
          } else {
            $strLogResult .= ' feilet, klarte ikke å åpne filen '.$filenameTemp;
          }

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by:shobinsun
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Hello,

for unix print command:

http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/Printing-Usage-HOWTO.html

Regards.
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