Problem with printing, but sharing works

Eric Vaandering ewv at
Sat Mar 17 15:36:48 GMT 2001

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me here.

I have a linux server with Samba version 2.0.7 trying to talk to a Windows 98 
client. I have everything set up, Windows sees the shares and printers I have 
defined, but as soon as I click on the printer in the server's page from 
network neighborhood it says "This network printer is currently offline. You 
can install the printer now......."

Now when I go to my one share that I have for testing purposes, everything 
seems to work fine. In fact, I was able to enable writing and create a file on 
the server from the client.

I thought it might be my printer driver since I have an Epson Photo 870 which 
has some functions that can't be performed through a network, but when I set 
up a dummy printer, I get the "currently offline" message immediately for that 
one too.

I tried stepping through as much of the "Fault Tree" in "Using Samba" as I 
could but it seems mostly geared towards getting sharing working, which as I 
said works just fine.

Here's the relative parts of the config file as shown by swat for the printer 
(eps870) and the share (tmp).

         workgroup = MYGROUP
	netbios name = VONDO-D-L
	server string = Samba Server
	security = SHARE
	log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
	max log size = 50
	socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
	os level = 100
	dns proxy = No

	path = /var/spool/samba
	writeable = Yes
	guest ok = Yes
	printable = Yes
	printing = cups
	printer = eps870
	oplocks = No
	share modes = No

	path = /tmp
	writeable = Yes
	guest ok = Yes

I should also say that the backend of the printing part works because I can 
connect from the server with
smbclient '\\vondo-d-l\eps870' -U%
and do a put to the printer which does print.

Both machines are dual boot if that helps with the troubleshooting.

Thank for any help,

Eric Vaandering

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