Samba as print server - Driver question (fwd)

Gerald Carter gcarter at
Thu Sep 20 05:39:04 GMT 2001

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Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2001 10:37:57 -0500
From: Mike Zbiegiel <Mike.Zbiegiel at>
To: samba at
Subject: Samba as print server - Driver question

Hello everyone, I've recently noticed a strange problem while testing a
samba print solution for our production environment.  With printers other
than HP models, I am unable to specify many paper sizes that should be
included in
the drivers.  If I check the PPD files, the paper sizes *are* defined, and
if I install them locally to a workstation, the paper size options exist.
However, if I use the samba print server and auto-download the drivers, I
cannot choose from the full list of supported paper types and sizes. For
example, on a Xerox 8830 Plotter, I'm limited to Letter, A2-A4,
Transparency, and Tabloid.  None of the ANSI standard sizes (B, C, D,
etc...) are available.  The same goes for Tektrnonix printers.  For example,
the Phaser 850 only lists A4 and Letter as valid paper types/sizes, although
it also supports Transparency and others.  This is also independent of the
OS I try to admin the queue from, whether I connect from a W2K or NT4.0 box,
I still do not get the additional options.

Has anyone else run into this problem?  If so, how did you fix it.  If not,
any ideas on how to fix it?

Systems I've tried this on:
Solaris 8-108528-07 running Samba 2.2.0

Solaris 7-106541-11 runng Samba 2.2.1a

Michael Zbiegiel
DCS - Unix Systems Specialist
Tellabs Operations Inc.

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