Printing fails because LC_PAPER is ignored

Bug #39438 reported by Tero Karvinen on 2006-04-13
This bug affects 2 people
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firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Print defaults to US Letter, which usually results in failed printing in countries using A4 paper. It also ignores LC_MEASUREMENT, showing inches instead of cm.

To reproduce:
1) Set up A4 paper and metric system (using export or /etc/environment)
LC_PAPER="fi_FI.UTF-8" # a4, can't print without this
LC_MEASUREMENT="fi_FI.UTF-8" # metric system
Detailed howto in
2) Start Firefox
3) File:Print:Print (being in a country that uses A4 paper)

What happens: Printing fails, because Firefox defaults printing to US Letter, that probably can't be bought in most countries. Many printers fail to print the file, and require a button to be pushed on printer for any future print jobs to be accepted.

What should happen: It should use A4 paper size, printing should work. Metric system of measurement should be used.

- To be able to print, use File:Print:Properties:Paper Size to set A4 manually.
- It seems that there is no way to get metric units to print properties dialog.

Tested with
- Firefox 1.5.dfsg+ on Dapper Flight 6
- 1.0.7-0ubuntu20 on Breezy
- If I remember correctly, same problem exists on Debian Sarge too.

Carthik Sharma (carthik) wrote :

I can observe the same behavior

Changed in firefox:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed

Confirming on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon, Firefox v.

Bruneel Michaël (mbruneel) wrote :

I have the same issue with Gusty and Firefox/Thunderbird. The message appear when I launch the program from the console :

(firefox-bin:24572): Gtk-WARNING **: Locale not supported by C library.
        Using the fallback 'C' locale.

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