Reverse flag sticky in printing dialog

Bug #1051473 reported by Yuv on 2012-09-16
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Common Print Dialog

Bug Description

When going through the print dialog to set up a print job, I expect some options to remember the last used setting and some options to revert to a default or preference.

Specifically in the Output Settings I expect Reverse Printing to reset to unchecked status because reverse printing is only useful in the context of manual duplexing, i.e. printing the odd sides in reverse order, then manually reloading the paper into the printer and printing the even sides in original order.

This is how things worked until 11.10 (Kubuntu). On a new Ubuntu 12.04LTS install, as well as on an upgrade from Kubuntu 11.10 to Ubuntu 12.04LTS, I am experiencing a regression: the reverse printing flag is sticky in the print dialog of the applications I use, most notably Firefox, LibreOffice, Okular.

It is IMHO incorrect behaviour. If the printing order of the pages is to be changed permanently (as opposed to a temporary flip-flop for manual duplex printing) then the problem is to be solved in the driver, not in the reverse printing setting. As it stands now, printing in Ubuntu is testing the user's attention to detail: I can either decide to blindly print single-sided only and kill twice as many trees, or I have to pay attention at every print order to the status of the reverse printing flag and the consequences of a miss are either that I have to manually sort the firt half of the print job (odd pages), or that I can throw away the whole print if it happens when printing the second half of the print job.

Please fix.

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