[clug] Printer sharing problem update
ifb777 at tpg.com.au
Tue Jul 25 11:48:04 GMT 2006
A couple of weeks ago, I mailed the list with a request for help with
setting up printer sharing on a 2 computer linux wireless network. My
thanks again to those who responded with advice. I thought I would
provide a brief overview of the outcome of that advice.
I have selected Ubuntu as my linux distro having tried all of the other
options because it worked, it is fairly user friendly to a novice such
as myself and the support forums that I have visited to try and solve
issues that I did not or do not understand are well structured and in
general easy to comprehend
The advice that I received from the list suggested that I use
"localhost:631 to set up printer sharing. This proved to be sound
advice once I realised that ubuntu packagers had disabled all of the
editing functions of this service and unless re-enabled, the service was
useless. Having found out how to make this service editable, I next
discovered that Ubuntus' default configuration file for Cups renders it
impossible to set up printer sharing based on what I now know to be the
false premise that ports are left open on the network. As soon as I
changed to the standard Cups configuration, printer sharing worked. I
think that this lesson cost me about 10 hours of reading and fiddling
including 1 clean install.
Anyone needing to share a printer on a simple network will need to do
the following to make localhost:631 editable:
"sudo adduser cupsys shadow" and "sudo adduser <username> lpadmin"
To make localhost:631 actually set up printer sharing it is necessary to
to got to "http://localhost:631/admin and select "use default
configuration" and then in my case, manually restart Cups by issuing
"sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys restart" on the command line as the "Save
Changes" option didn't work.
In conclusion, this was a painful exercise for a novice such as I and I
am sure that many in a similar situations would have reverted to Windows
for their network needs pretty quickly because it is simple to set up.
There is little doubt in my mind that a lot needs to be done in the
"Printing" area before Linux is ready for use on the average home
Since completing the printer sharing project, I have successfully set up
file sharing using NFS and I now have a simple home wireless network
with two fully functional computers able to talk to one another when
needed, able to access the net and to share a printer. I have all the
software that I could possibly need to perform any task that may need
completing. For me this is an achievement and I will now run with
Ubuntu Linux Dapper Drake for the next 6 months for all of my computing
needs with the possible exception of photo printing as the linux drivers
for my Brother multi function printer are average to say the least.
Regards to all
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