[Samba] smbclient & printing on win2k box with HP Deskjet 560C (Drivers?) SMB 2.2.3a - Kernel 2.4.7, red hat 7.2

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Wed May 1 05:15:02 GMT 2002

You don't need samba to print, just smbclient. That is, you don't need to be
running a samba server.
Since you don't have much time and don't want to mess around with a lot of
stuff, here is the quick and dirty way. Assuming your printer is postscript,
just print your document in postscript format to a file. 
smbclient -L Win2kServer
and see what the name of the printer share is.
smbclient //Win2kServer/PrinterShare
   Do the password stuff
print YourFile

You can make this one command with:
cat YourFile | smbclient //Win2kServer/PrinterShare PasswordStuff -c " print -"
If you leave out the PasswordStuff you will be prompted for it.
If you have to filter your job for your printer (ie. It doesn't know
postscript), then things get slightly more complicated.
You will have to find a gs device for your printer. Man gs.

On Wed, May 01, 2002 at 08:22:15PM +1200, Diembo wrote:
> Hi LUs,
> I dont have much time at the moment to read tons of documentation. So, I 
> would like to ask a hopefully easy to answer question.
> Samba is running alright with me, smbclient works fine, but I would like to 
> print from my Linux box over LAN to a printer (HP 560C) connected to a win2k 
> box. Because I can't afford a better or second printer & I also havent got 
> enough room for it really I would like to print my Linux-stuff over LAN.
> Anyway, how do I do that? I read a bit about smbclient and a printer script 
> and that you need special drivers but I couldn't work it out so far. If 
> anyone could give me an efficient solution for this I would be very greatful, 
> because I am sick of booting windows every time I want to do an assignment 
> and need to use a word processor. I would also like to use one of the 
> KDE-word processors because the amount of choice is so much bigger.
> Thanks in advance,
> regards
> Tim
> PS: Is there anybody in this mailing list, by accident situated in Palmerston 
> North (New Zealand) and knows about a local LUG?
> -- 
> Diembo working O Linux :-P
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