Recently Used Documents in Ubuntu Gnome OpenOffice Margins and Printing from the Command Line

August 30th, 2010

Recently Used Documents in Ubuntu Gnome

I don't like having my recently used documents get saved across Gnome. I prefer to set individual application preferences. For instance, in jEdit I like to record up to 80 recent documents.

Its a bit tricky to do this, and to be safe I'm using two different methods:

  • Making ~/.recently-used.xbel not modifiable
rm ~/.recently-used.xbel
touch ~/.recently-used.xbel
sudo chattr +i ~/.recently-used.xbel
  • Setting GTK preferences in ~/.gtkrc-2.0

OpenOffice Page Margins

Took me forever to find the page margin settings in OpenOffice. Hope it helps others, but I know I'll come back here to remember!

Its not in any print dialogs, its under Format->Page. Easy as pie, once I found it!

Printing from the Command Line

Since I use a laptop (Lenovo g555), I'm not always connected to a printer. I wanted to print my documents to a PDF, then batch print them later. Rather than manually opening up the PDFs and then printing each one, I figured it could be done via the command line shell, in my case - bash.

Thanks to tkjacobsen, I'm trying out this function:

function printpdf ()
for i in $@; do
if [ "$1" != "$i" ]; then
dt=`date +%y%m%d%H%M%S`
pdftops $i temp-print${dt}.ps
lpr -P $1 temp-print${dt}.ps
rm temp-print${dt}.ps

I haven't tried it, but I'm about to!

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