[Samba] What I must configure to use LPRng with Samba

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Wed Apr 24 06:42:02 GMT 2002

I think I am starting to see what you are doing. Why not just attach the
printer to the samba server? Your windows box is not going to do any job
filtering for you. With windows, all job filtering is done on the client.
If you insist on using the windows box to attach to the printer, here
is my approach.
If you are not going to be using the printer to service linux clients, you
should not have driver problems. 
Can you print a file with smbclient?
Print a document to a file from windows (maybe print it to a share on the
linux server) and then use smbclient to send the printfile to the windows
smbclient //windowsbox/printershare
print printfile
cat printfile | smbclient //windowsbox/printershare -c "print -"
If this works, you are in business.
All you really need is a print filter which runs this command:
smbclient //windowsbox/printershare -c "print -" or something like it. You
will likely have to mess with permissions and the like. The smbprt or other
script on your linux box will give you more detail.
However, it would make more sense to attach the printer to the linux server.

On Wed, Apr 24, 2002 at 08:03:20AM +0000, Fernando Giorgetti wrote:
> But my printers is not physically connected to my server.
> I want that my samba share the printers thats's physically connected to the windows box (clients) and that the LPRng manage the spool.
> Fernando.
> On Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:13:43 -0400
> Joel Hammer <Joel at HammersHome.com> wrote:
> > Do you know what this printcap entry is saying?
> > Is says to send the print job to samba. You don't want to do this on your
> > server. Your server is going to talk to the printer attached to itself
> > and it won't use samba for that.
> > 
> > > epson:cm=Dummy Printcap Entry:
> > >       :lp=/dev/null
> > >       :sd=/var/spool/lpd/%P
> > >       :sh:if=/usr/bin/smbprint
> > 
> > The following is the sort of print cap entry you need:
> > 
> > ps|z53:\
> >         sh:sd=/var/spool/lpd/z53:mx#0:\
> >         :lp=/dev/lp0:\
> >         :if=/usr/local/lexmark/z53/z53.sh
> >         :sh:              
> > 
> > This uses the filter pointed to by the if parameter to convert print jobs to
> > a format usable by my z53 printer. Note lp points to the device which has
> > the printer physically attached to the server.
> > 
> > Joel
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