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NullPointerException finding Default printer on Mac #295

tresf opened this Issue Apr 3, 2018 · 0 comments


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tresf commented Apr 3, 2018

A fresh install of MacOS 10.13 and Java 1.8 u161 throws a NullPointerException when looking for the default printer.

What's happening is the following line is returning null:


And subsequently, .getName() fails.

sendResult(session, UID, PrintServiceLookup.lookupDefaultPrintService().getName());

A permanent workaround is to change "Last printer used" to an actual printer in the Settings dialog.

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This may be a bug with the way Java "uses" the PDFWriter driver, it may never register it as being used since it was printed to without manual intervention. This may be a base bug with Oracle. Will reference upstream bug if determined.

@tresf tresf closed this in 873d720 Oct 3, 2018

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