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How to Fix Printer Resolution via CLI

I was recently having an issue where everything I printed was very, very small. I looked over all the printer settings and I could not find anything that could be changed to fix the issue. As such, I reverted to the CLI to fix the issue. Read on to learn some helpful CLI commands if you run into this issue.

First, let’s see what printing devices are available and configured:

Next, let’s see the options set for the configured devices:

Hmm, that is not so human-readable. Let’s fix that:

PageSize of 4×6?! That might be a problem. Let’s fix that:

Bingo, printing now works! I cannot remember the last time I had to use lp commands. Things you take for granted given automatic drivers nowadays. Later I discovered an updated driver for my printer on Mac, which also addressed the issue.

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