Printer banner always 'nobody'

Smith Darren B Darren.B.Smith at
Sun Sep 20 23:51:09 GMT 1998

> Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 16:18:43 -0700
> From: Michael Page < at>
> To: samba at
> Subject: Printer banner always 'nobody'
> Message-ID: <3602EA53.A11993E3 at>
> I've had this problem as long as I've been using samba: every time
> anyone prints from a PC they get a banner page labeling them 'nobody.'
> Now, I realize this has to do with the guest account being 
> 'nobody,' and
> the server is passing that name to the printer.  It can get very
> frustrating, though, when lots of folks use the same printer 
> and all of
> the jobs have the same name on them.
> So I guess my question would be, is there a way to print using the
> username instead of the guest account?
> I'm using v1.9.16p9 on a Solaris 2.4 machine printing to HP Laserjet
> 4m+.
Why not simply turn the banner page off?  If you are using network
printing on the HP, then the JetDirect card has the ability to print a
banner page also.  To turn it off there you will need to telnet into the
printer and type >banner: 0 to turn the banner page off.

The other option is to give _everyone_ an account on your unix box (even
if you give them a null shell so that they cant log in) so that their
names appear correctly on the banner page.


Darren Smith
Unix Administrator
CUDiv - Olympic Dam
ext. 87242

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