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Oleg Kustov O.Kustov at
Thu Jan 28 07:14:59 GMT 1999

>Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 06:14:48 +0000
>From: "Alain M. Gaudrault" <alain at>
>To: samba at
>Subject: Help! NT not sending file to printer?
>Message-ID: <36AEAED8.2D5D469A at>
>I've had no luck getting NT to print to my Samba-mounted printer.
>Here's the scenario:
>I have Samba set up properly enough so that I can see both disk and
>printer shares from Network Neighbourhood, I can mount the disk shares
>and use them, no problem.  I can even Add a Printer without any
>hiccups.  But when I try to print the test page, NT pops up "Test page
>failed to print.  Would you like to view the print trouble shooter for
>assistance?  The parameter is incorrect."  Attempts to print from any
>programmes fail as well.
>The strange this is that if I use a command prompt on NT and type "net
>use lpt1: \\machine\printer", and then use the "print" command,
>everything works!  But if I use the "Add a Printer" dialogue to add a
>network printer, no go.
>I've included my smb.conf, though I doubt there's a problem there, since
>as I said, I can get it to print from NT, but only from the command
>line.  Whether I try adding a local or network printer, same deal.
>I even went as far as to use strace on smbd to see what was happening
>when I tried to print on NT.  It seems like Samba is receiving the
>request, but it's not receiving any content to be printed, so it
>aborts.  This is what I see:
>stat("ALAIN.a08958", {st_mode=0, st_size=0, ...}) = 0
>write(3, "Discarding null print job ALAIN."..., 39) = 39
>unlink("ALAIN.a08958")                  = 0
>And I looked earlier to see where ALAIN.a08958 gets created, and between
>it being created and closed, there are no writes to the file.  So it
>seems like the request is making it, but not the file to print.
>Any suggestions?  I'm at my wit's end.
>I'm running Samba 1.9.18p10 on RedHat5.1/Intel.  Here's smb.conf:
>        server string = mort the Linux box
>        interfaces =
>        encrypt passwords = Yes
>        log level = 4
>        syslog = 4
>        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
>        max log size = 50
>        socket options = TCP_NODELAY
>        os level = 10
>        preferred master = Yes
>        domain master = Yes
>        dns proxy = No
>        message command = /bin/mail -s 'message from %f on %m' root <
>%s; rm %s
>        remote announce =
>        comment = samba-mort
>        valid users = alain, kim
>        read list = alain, kim
>        write list = alain
>        hosts allow = 127.
>        hosts deny = all
>        security = user
>        comment = Home Directories
>        available = no
>        comment = All Printers
>        path = /tmp

          guest account = lp
>        create mask = 0777
>        print ok = Yes
>        print command = /usr/bin/lpr -r -P%p %s
>        lpq command = /usr/bin/lpq -P%p
>        lprm command = /usr/bin/lprm -P%p %j
>        printer driver = EPSON Stylus COLOR 640
>        browseable = No


I had the same problem. I solve it by adding line as above in my smb.conf.
My UNIX is Linux that do not let print with username "nobody".

Good luck, Oleg

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