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accessing printers via Samba

accessing printers via Samba

I'm trying to set up Samba so I can serve up files from our HP-UX 11i server to our WinXP workstations. So far, we can access the data no problem. It's when we try to setup the printers that I'm running into a brick wall. We got two new servers in and hooked them to our network. I set them up and are able to print via the UNIX server and two unix boxes. I edited my smb.conf file as follows:

[printers]
printable = yes
print command = /usr/bin/lpr -r %s
printer = All Printers
public = yes
path = /tmp
read only = yes
guest only = yes
valid users = @users

My /etc/printcap shows 'hplj_bw' and 'hplj_color', but when I go to the WinXP boxes, I am not able to add them (they aren't even seen).

Anyone have any experience with setting up printers via samba and can help me see what I'm doing wrong??

Thanks!!!
5 REPLIES
Vipulinux
Respected Contributor

Re: accessing printers via Samba

Hi
Try with only the foll options under smb.conf:
printers]
printable = yes
print command = /usr/bin/lpr -r %s
printer = All Printers
public = yes


Does it make a difference.

Cheers
Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor

Re: accessing printers via Samba

Try configuring the global option:

load printers = yes
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?

Re: accessing printers via Samba

I am able to see the printers now and 'add' them via the GUI, but the info line under the printer says 'access denied, unable to connect'.

I changed [printers] to [hplj_color] and was able to see this printer as well (same printer, different share name) and I get the same 'access denied, unable to connect' message.

Any ideas?
Arno Kuyper_1
Trusted Contributor

Re: accessing printers via Samba

Hi,

Which printing system do you use? (Try CUPS)
What does the command lpstat -t say?

Try to add:
use client driver = yes
print command = lpr -P %p -o raw %s -r # using client side printer drivers.

Hope it helps,
Arno
Procnus
Frequent Advisor

Re: accessing printers via Samba

In the printer section of your smb.conf is the option "guest ok = yes" appearing? From what I can tell "guest ok = no" is the default.

Cheers
Steven