[Samba] Re: XP slow to print to Samba 3.0 alpha21 server

Steve Langasek vorlon at netexpress.net
Fri Jan 10 00:18:14 GMT 2003


One additional bit of information -- 

On Fri, Dec 20, 2002 at 09:56:21AM -0600, Steve Langasek wrote:

> As WinXP begins to loom larger in our environment, we're seeing a
> consistent pattern that XP machines (mostly XP Professional, possibly
> others) take an excessively long time to access shared printers:  I'm
> told that it takes up to 5 minutes to initially install the printer on
> the local machine, and it typically takes around 45 seconds to deliver
> print jobs to the queue.
> 
> The print server is running Samba 3.0alpha21.  The server is also a DC
> for an NT domain that these WinXP machines are joined to.  We are using
> spoolss and server-provided print drivers, and I did add the "XP" printer
> drivers to the server using the Add Print Wizard in an effort to
> alleviate the lag (printing is slow both before and after uploading those
> drivers).  Anecdotal evidence suggests that printing was much quicker
> before upgrading to Samba 3.0, though I haven't had a chance yet to set
> up a 2.2 test print server to verify.

If I set 'disable spoolss = yes' in smb.conf, XP machines have no trouble
at all when printing.  Of course, this requires a bit of per-client
reconfiguration, but it'll do the trick here for now.  I'll turn spoolss
back on some evening when the network's not in use to get some good log
traces.

Cheers,
-- 
Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer
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