Path of print job data through Samba?

Steve Snyder swsnyder at
Wed Oct 27 04:20:39 GMT 1999

Can someone please point me to an overview on how printing works with
Samba v2.0.5a?

As far as I can tell, there are 3 directories involved when printing
to a Samba-shared printer on a Linux system:

I was under the impression that incoming files were written to /tmp,
then copied to the printer-specific directory, then printed.
Obviously this understanding is wrong because I just found the
remnants of a couple old print jobs in /var/spool/samba.

So what's the story here?  Exactly what path does a file take from
client machine to shared printer?

Thank you.

*** Steve Snyder ***

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