in the end, the printer failed and started to throw ink-poo all over sheets of paper, so we sent the pdf to printshop nearby
essentially, the 'document viewer' was unable to print a pdf - albeit 7Mb big, 250pages - it just died after few pages. i'm not sure what went wrong there, but I tried on another computer, converted pdf to postscript (700Mb) and then tried to print it using commandline tools. the biggest problem was scale-to-page which just didn't work whatever I did. at the end I realised that pdf->ps conversion already created A4 pages with smaller page on them without scaling. so...
... the crucial part was
-paper A4 -expand
options to pdftops command.
after that i was able to print using pretty much this kind of command
cat FILE.ps | lp -d "printername"
(obtain printername with lpstat -p -d)
the most cpu intense process was pdftops.
in any case, FUN TIMEZ WITH UNIXEZ
huge thanks to people on stackexchange and other forums leaving helpful tricks laying around.
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