If I try to print a PDF produced with pdflatex from within the Evince document viewer on Debian Wheezy, the print output is garbled. This is also true if I "print to file": it looks as shown below.

It displays fine on the screen, however. If I print the original PDF with lpr from the terminal, it prints fine. (I am using TeXLive2014 installed from TUG, without any Debian texlive packages installed.)

This happens when I use libertine or ebgaramond packages with T1 encoding, but not with default, lmodern, baskervald, or tgpagella. If I compile the same document with LuaLaTeX, it prints fine.

This may just be a bug in Evince, probably fixed two years ago, given Debian stable's slow packaging process. Or perhaps it's just my printer. If so, I will happily delete the question or file a bug report elsewhere.

Is there something I should be doing differently in LaTeX to fix this? Have others experienced the same problem?



Output when printed on paper or "printed to file":

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  • I'd suspect something to do with the way evince is passing stuff to cups versus the way lpr is passing stuff to cups. You can enable debugging output for cups to get more information about what is going on. (But don't forget you've set it as it is makes the most of the opportunity to chat.) That doesn't rule out a printer driver bug or whatever - it is possible it might be using different drivers. But it might also be using different filters.
    – cfr
    Nov 21, 2014 at 3:38
  • No (but on Ubuntu 14.04). When printed to file, it credits cairo (v. 1.13.1) as producer and creator....
    – jon
    Nov 21, 2014 at 3:43
  • @jon Yes, when printed to file, the creator is cairo 1.12.2. Nov 21, 2014 at 3:49
  • @AndrewCashner I can confirm the bug (also Debian Wheezy+backports) Nov 24, 2014 at 21:19
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    @AndrewCashner I guess these in evince are related #601389, #630400 and this one in libcairo2 #701218 Nov 24, 2014 at 21:37

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This is a bug in evince in Gnome3 under Debian Wheezy, which derives from a bug in cairo. It is not caused by LaTeX.

Thanks to @HenriMenke for finding the bug reports. These identify cairo as the culprit:



Apparently the problem is being solved for future releases of Debian. For those of us still using with Wheezy and Gnome, it works to print from the command line with lp.

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