My Dymo label writing process

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To print labels on my Dymo, I'm running a custom built webapp that allows users in the entire network to print. It has a memory, prints KIX-codes (that make it easier for the postal service to process letters) and prints a logo.

In my setup, the server generating the logo and the server printing it are two different machines. But even if they weren't, this method keeps the webserver in its SELinux confinement.


We need some tools, install the packages with the following command:
yum install ripmime

Add the printer to CUPS

Add the printer to CUPS, so you can spool jobs to it. I'm not explaining this part.

Generate a label

Using PHP's GD extensions I generate a new image with width=1010 and height=540. Using this high resolution results in good quality prints.

The image is exported as a .png file, named [something-random].dymo.png and transported to the printserver through a special email-address.

Prepare the mailserver

I'm running a Postfix mailserver. This mailserver has a special address that accepts print jobs, extracts the files and prints them.

In /etc/postfix/, add the following lines:

printer unix  -       n       n       -       -       pipe
  flags=F  user=nobody argv=/etc/postfix/bin/printserver $sender $recipient

Then in /etc/postfix/transport, we put:    printer:

The domain doesn't necessarily need to exist, as long as you smtp right to this mailserver.

Finally in /etc/postfix/ we enable the transport maps, if that hasn't been done before:

transport_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/transport

Write a script

In we start the script /etc/postfix/bin/printserver. Add this content to said script:

mkdir -p $TMPDIR
ripmime -i $MESSAGE_FILE -d $TMPDIR
for i in ${METAMAIL_TMPDIR}/*.dymo.png; do
lpr -PDymo -o PageSize=w167h288 -o landscape -o page-left=0 -o page-top=0 -o page-right=0 -o page-bottom=26 -o orientation-requested=5 -o scaling=100

Manage SELinux settings

The script we just write uses ripmime and lpr and runs as the Postfix pipe user. To allow the Postfix pipe program to use these tools, run postfix_pipe_t in a permissive state:
semanage permissive -a postfix_pipe_t
Always remember to manage SELinux, not disable it.


I'm running RedHat-based software on all of my machines. Above information may be useful for Ubuntu/Debian users, but it's not tested and I'm not supporting it.

Servers: RedHat Enterprise Linux/CentOS is more suitable for servers, as there's a lot of professional level support available. I think that's important, because if I say, get a car accident, I want the servers to be managable by another professional.

Desktops/Laptops: RPM packages are pretty exchangable between RedHat-based platforms. That's a good reason to run Fedora on the desktop.
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