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Mac OS X - how to print landscape pdfs from command line interface using lpr

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My question is similar to ID:22526539 - I develop using RealBasic and am trying to print pdfs without launching Preview.  I create pdfs(in landscape) in my program then want to print a batch of them. I can use the command line through RealBasic, so I have tried 'lpr -o landscape filename.pdf' and I do not get landscape - the page is portrait and the printing begins about 1/3 of the way down the page.

I can get landscape orientation if I use 'lpr -o orientation-requested=4', but then the left margin doesn't exist. I tried 'lpr -o orientation-requested=4 -o page-left=36' and the margin still does not exist.

Not sure what I'm doing wrong... please help!

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http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/options.html
http://www.unix.com/unix-dummies-questions-answers/14973-lpr-landscape.html

The common thread is to see what options the printer supports:
/etc/lp/interface/printername
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I will have no control over what printers/options are installed.  I can't believe that printing a pdf on a Mac is this difficult.  Is there any approach you can recommend that would enable me to batch print pdfs from either the command line or applescript?  Should I start a new question?
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You have to see whether the interface that is defined for the printer supports the landscape option.  

What happens if you print a plain text document with the -o landscape option?

Try using the lp rather than LPR?
http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/options.html

Approaching this from a Unix perspective and the use of the lpr.

not sure whether using a preprocessing filter for pdf files i.e. with enscript.

not sure whether with the -o landscape you need to provide the media type as well depending on the printer in use?
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I've decided to go in a different direction on this - should I award the points anyway?
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If the comments did not help you, but the links are useful, close the question selecting one of your comments as the solution.  If the comments/links were of no use, delete the question.
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