[Samba] printing fails

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Sat May 11 04:57:02 GMT 2002

I assume that the printer is not a postscript printer.

Do you realize that you will need (usually) two queues on your samba
server? One will be a queue which will filter the print job (the jobs
sent directly from the samba server in postscript) and a second queue which will simply
passthrough the print job to the windows printer share.

If you have a queue with a good filter which handles postscript files
(originating from your samba server) for your printer, you can use that
queue for all your printing. You could install a postscript driver on your
windows boxes (HP laserjet3 plus seems to work fine) and send these postscript
formatted jobs to the same queue as you use for jobs originating on the
samba server.

I know all this stuff because I have never had success using those
GUI printer installation programs.


On Sat, May 11, 2002 at 01:24:48PM +0200, Stefan Schilling wrote:
> Hello!
> I´ve got trouble to print via Samba. But read to the end to
> understand:
> My printer (a Canon BJC 620) is connected to a Win98 box. Its
> network name is canon. The /etc/printcap entry is:
> ---/etc/printcap---
> lp|smb|canon:\
>         :cm=unser Drucker:\
>         :sd=/var/spool/lpd/smb:\
>         :af=/var/spool/lpd/smb/acct:\
>         :if=/usr/local/samba/bin/smbprint:\
>         :mx=0:\
>         :lp=/dev/null:
> ---/etc/printcap---
> I´m using the standard /etc/smb.conf printer settings as the
> follow:
> ---/etc/smb.conf---
> [global]
>         printing = BSD
>         printcap name = /etc/printcap
>         load printers = yes
>         workgroup = WOHER
>         interfaces = eth*
>         map to guest = Bad User
>         keepalive = 30
>         logon script = %U.bat
>         domain logons = Yes
>         os level = 2
>         domain master = True
>         kernel oplocks = No
> [printers]
>         path = /tmp
>         comment = All Printers
>         printable = yes
>         create mask = 0700
> ---/etc/smb.conf---
> Now I can print text files from the Linuxbox to win98. This works
> fine BUT that´s not, what I want to archieve. I´ve got a 2nd
> Win98 box that is supposed to use this printer via Samba (the
> Win98 boxes work on different times). So Samba´s job is to spool
> the printing job.
> I can see the printer in the "Neighbourhood", I can install it
> and it also starts to print the first 2 lines, but no more. It
> just stopps. Do you have any idea, what can be changed to make it
> usable. The orig. Printertool cannot be used, it´s looking for a
> second share "wps", but copying the files doesnt work. Also
> printer drivers without this tool dont help.
> Thanks for any idea.
> Bye. Stefan
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