Printing server on samba, autoconfiguration of printers on client side ?

Daniel Teo danieltkh at
Tue Nov 27 03:49:05 GMT 2001

for the bidirectional printing ...
if i am not wrong .. i remember someone told me that
there are 2 types of parallel cables .
1 support bidiretional .. another dun ..
but both can be used to print ..

-----Original Message-----
From: samba-admin at [mailto:samba-admin at]On
Behalf Of Aubin Galinotti
Sent: Tuesday, November 27, 2001 6:51 PM
To: samba at
Subject: Printing server on samba, autoconfiguration of printers on
client side ?


Sorry for disturbing, I'am not sure it's really a samba issue.

I have printers shared on a samba box (which is also PDC), using cups.
I can print, install drivers, download them, etc ...

but the probleme is, how can I tell a win client to use the config from the
samba server ?

For instance, I have a printer who has only a4 paper, the printer is
configured on the samba server. But when I install it on the windos client
it will try to print using letter format. So I have to reconfigure the
printer locally.

Has I have many clients I would like not to reconfigure them all, is there a
solution ?

Maybe someone know what is the registry key who has the setting, in this
case I could configure on one windows box and update the registery on all
the others ... but this would but a hack .. I wonder if there is a better

In my investigations I have seen an 'Automatic Configuration' button in the
configure panel of he printers, but it's desactivated. Do you know how to
activate it ? (Help said it not actived because the printing port is not in
bidirectonial communication, but when I put the setting 'Enable
Bidirectional Support' it's not saved)

Here is a summary of my config :
  - Samba server 2.2.2-6, rpm install on a RedHat 7.2
    Printers managed by cups

  - Clients win2k pro and adv servers

extract from smb.conf :
    path = /samba/printers
    guest ok = yes
    browseable = yes
    read only = yes
    write list = root, at sysadmin

    path = /samba/spool/public
    postscript = yes
    printer admin = @sysadmin
    printing = cups
    guest ok = yes
    browseable = no
    printable = yes
    public = yes
    print command = lpr -P %p -o raw %s
    use client driver = no

  Thanks for helping, or to direct me to the correct

	Aubin Galinotti

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