Pasta Printing with Oracle applications 11i

Today & in next post I’ll cover on Pasta & XML publisher for printing . In order to understand Pasta first you need to understand why you need Pasta in Printing & later about what is pasta & how to implement it in Oracle Applications.

In order to understand need for Pasta , you should know about PostScript

What is Post Script ?
As per WebOPedia PostScript is primarily a language for printing documents on laser printers developed by Adobe Systems.

What is Pasta ?
Pasta is Oracle Application utility to convert text report files to Post Script so that these can be printed by PostScript Printres. Executable name for Pasta is FNDPSTAX
For various printing options via Pasta, you can use pasta configuration file called as pasta.cfg

How to Setup basic Pasta Printing in Oracle Applications ?
If you wish to use PostScript printer to print Text or Post script reports , you need to select printer type as “–Pasta Universal Printer” from list of values; while defining printer.
For more information on how to define printer check previous posts at

Where to find more information on Pasta Printing ?
You can get everything related to Pasta advanced configuration in Oracle Applications System Administration Guide, Volume 1 Part No. A96155-03 , chapter 7-13 Printer Setup with pasta

Additional Metalink Resource for Pasta Printing

356501.1 How to Setup Pasta Quickly and Effectively
267026.1 How To Set The PASTA Debug Option
239196.1 PASTA 3.0 Release InformationNote
358879.1 The Pasta Landwide Driver Truncates / Cuts Off The Right Side Of The Report 179801.1 Printing and Previewing Arabic Reports using PASTA in Oracle Apps 11i
308949.1 How To Print Reports In PDF Format Directly From The Concurrent Manager 135137.1 PASTA Required For Printing With UTF8 For Any Release Of 11.5

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Atul Kumar says January 3, 2007

Thanks a lot for your update & desire to help other budding Apps DBA’s.
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Anonymous says March 14, 2007

Hi Atul,

But we can still print on Laser Printers using NON PASTA Drivers (e.g. HPLJ4SI).. Then why Pasta is preferred?


saurabh says July 27, 2007

Hi Kumar,

When your instance works on UTF8 character set. Then some of your bitmap reports does not get generated in desired output(like some weired symbols will be displayed in report).

To correct this error we utilize PASTA utility. But still PASTA do not support all fonts.

Hope my answer helped you!!


Atul Kumar says July 27, 2007


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shiva says August 1, 2007

Hi Atul/team,

Please update about CUPS printing utility, we still have lots of issues with pasta


Atul Kumar says August 1, 2007

Shiva, I am little bit busy these days and try to cover more on printer including cups as soon as I find some time.


Allahbaksh says January 4, 2008

Hi Atul,

Thanks a lot to put this information.
This is really help ful.

Thanks and Regards,

Naveen says November 11, 2008

Hi Atul,

I am using EBS R12, Could you please update this site for IPP/CUPS printing steps.


senthil says February 11, 2009

Hi Atul,

I am using EBS R12, Could you please update this site for IPP/CUPS printing steps.
and pasta configuration for R12

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