My question: How can I tweak CUPS so that the "Jobs" section shows how many pages a print job will have? Right now it displays "unknown".
I've set up a Daryna printer server, using CUPS to run stuff, in a public library setting. Public patrons send print jobs from WinXP computers and the print jobs sit in CUPS, printer paused, until they come up and pay for their print jobs. Print jobs are released, everyone's happy, including the librarian who budgets our printing paper.
For the most part, it's working fine. However, I noticed that under the "Jobs" setting, where print jobs are listed, under "pages", the number of pages is listed as "unknown".
This causes my librarians some frustration as when a public patron prints a web page, we want to tell them how much their print job will cost. To make the patron go back and get a semi-accurate print count from Print Preview is bad customer service.
When I send print jobs from the server itself, it will list page counts. But send a job from one of the WinXP machines, and it doesn't show the number of pages. (It does, however, show the document size, but that's no indication of how big a print job is going to be.)
Our public patrons get frustrated when they send a web page to print, thinking it'll be two or three pages, and it ends up being twenty.