[Samba] (2.2.5) Does AUTO PRINTER DRIVERS work - definitive statement please

peter.a.bryant at mainroads.qld.gov.au peter.a.bryant at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Thu Aug 15 19:28:01 GMT 2002

Thanks Jerry, I wasn't aware of the patches - must have missed that on the list.

One other thing I wasn't aware of, and could someone please explain.
Comment number (3) in your email -
"Make sure you initialize the devicemode of the printer on the server."

Could someone tell me how I would do this?  (sorry, my knowledge is not

No wonder it wasn't working for me hey?

Couple of not so important things ...

1.  Are these things documented somewhere besides the mailing list?

2.  Would it be possible to have the documentation page divided into
     so that, e.g.  all the printing doco. is in one place   - Just a thought
for when things
are a bit quiet around SAMBA H.Q.   :-)  (yeah like when?)

Thanks for your help.  Sure I will get it working now that I have this

Once again - big kudos to the Samba team.
I am amazed at all the things you guys manage to achieve
(including helping newbies like me)



> Hi, could someone who is close to the Samba development make a comment
> about the automatic printer drivers features in Samba 2.2.5 I've been
> trying to get this working unsuccessfully, and have seen many messages
> posted from people having trouble with this feature. Not sure if this is
> an unnusual number of people with problems, but it seems like it ( I
> could be too close to the problem to see clearly).

It does work in 2.2.5 as long as you add the couple patches I've posted in
the past.  You can download them from


Or you can grab the latest SAMBA_2_2.  There will be a 2.2.6 release
in the next few weeks.  Most of the Samba team will be at a CIFS interop
conference (www.cifs2002.org) next week so things are a little hectic.

Oh and it seems that many more people are trying to use it now which
would account for the increased number of postings about it.

Trust me...it does work :-)

> Strange thing is, I'm sure I had this working in 2.2.2, but now can't
> get it working using the same conf and setup with 2.2.5. I've also seen
> this commment made a few times by other people.

2.2.2 didn't save printing information IIRC (or was that 2.2.3a?)

> Any comments welcome, set me straight - is it just me or is there a
> problem. Just need to know whether to keep looking for solutions, or
> hang fire and wait for someone to do the hard work for me.

It works, it's just that the entire process is horribly more
complicated than anyone ever expected (to devleop and to administer).

Couple of comments (which I fairly sure you've followed)

(1) Make sure you follow the Printing Chapyer in the pdf file
(2) Make sure you actually upload the drivers on the server
(3) Make sure you initialize the devicemode of the
    printer on the server.

> I'm using Solaris 8 and mostly HP drivers.

Most of my testing is on x86.  However, there are no byte ordering
issues that I am aware of.

I am working on one issue where certain features are not available
to users even though they are set on the server (forms, duplex, etc...)

> Really appreciate all the hard work put in by the Samba development
> team. You guys are tops.

Thanks. :-)  Now if only those printers....

cheers, jerry

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