Printer Queue control

Mike Oswell oswell at
Thu Jun 10 20:24:18 GMT 1999

I am setting up samba as a print server on a FreeBSD machine.  I would
like the users to be able to control the print queue by using the Pause
option in Windows NT.  It seems that I have a permission problem doing
this though.  

-- Portion of smb.conf --

	lpq command             = /usr/bin/lpq -P%p
        lprm command            = /usr/bin/lprm -P%p %j
        queuepause command      = /usr/sbin/lpc stop %p
        queueresume command     = /usr/sbin/lpc start %p

        comment         = HP LaserJet 5P/5MP
        path            = /var/spool/lpd/printer-1-raw
        printer driver  = HP Laserjet 5P/5MP PostScript
        printer         = printer-1-raw
        writable        = no
        public          = yes
        printable       = yes

% normal user> /usr/sbin/lpc start HPLaserJ
?Privileged command

This is fixable, but I don't like the fix as I have to add each user into
the operator group..  Even so, if I do this;

% normal user> groups
staff operator

% normal user> /usr/sbin/lpc start HPLaserJ
        cannot enable printing
lpc: connect: Permission denied
        couldn't start daemon


I had thought it might be permissions on the queue lock file or something
along those lines but doesn't seem to make any difference.

Anyone have any ideas on how I can get normal users to be able to pause
and restart a printer without having to add them into the operator group?

Mike Oswell
Xcert International Inc

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