Printing in XML Publisher

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I am curious as to why you can't direct print an XML Publisher Report just like any other Oracle report. If you can print Oracle reports in PDF straight to the printer, why do XML Publisher reports require ps2pdf (note:338990.1)? We are having many issues getting this installed on our server and functioning correctly (tar #5150293.992). Is this something that will be added/fixed in Oracle in the near future? It seems goofy to call a product XML Publisher if it can't publish.
I am a bit confused on this subject. We are developing reports using XML Publisher, but we have a requirement that the pdf output be sent directly to the printer (instead of viewing output, then printing). I have followed note #262657.1 on Metalink that walks you through setting up a new printer driver similar to this:
"cat <pdf doc name> | /usr/local/bin/acroread -toPostScript | lp -c -d <printer> -n1". This works from the command line, but I haven't been able to get it to work through the concurrent mgr in apps. The request completes successfully, and when you view the output it looks fine, but nothing makes it to the printer. The only message in the log file is "Rep-3000: Internal error starting oracle toolkit". I have had my DBA verify the DISPLAY settings on the servers and restart the reports server, but still no luck.
Do I also need to set up PASTA for this to work? And what is "IX" printing, and is it required also? My character set is AMERICAN_AMERICA.WE8ISO8859P1, that seems to be important as well. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.
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