[Samba] Print server on all linux network

Dan Sawyer dsawyer at blenderwars.com
Sun Oct 6 07:39:01 GMT 2002

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Okay, Joel, after another bit of futzing around, here's what I've come up 
The files dumped using the command you told me to DO indeed write postscript 
files to the directory in question.  However every attempt to print those 
files on the server fail.  However, .txt files and others print properly from 
the server.  This leads me to believe that, somehow, the NEC Superscript 
printer that's running on an HP2P ghostscript driver is somehow not a 
postscript printer (though it quite apparently IS a postscript printer as far 
as I can tell).  Making that change (disabling postscript) has at least 
gotten me to the point where I can make the printer lights blink (when 
attempting to print from the client from any KDE/X program), though as yet 
nothing is actually printing.  Add to that one more layer of wierdness:  When 
printing text files from the client, the print job executes using the shell 
command (cat filename.txt | smbclient //bob/nec -c 'print - '.  However, when 
printing a file from an X program to the server, all I get are the pretty 
blinking lights.

This leads me to the reasonable conclusion that the problems (after disabling 
postscript) are client-based, involving a misconfiguration of some sort.  So, 
here's my client's /etc/printcap file.  I notice with great dismay that 
nothing in it actually directs me to anything on the network...
- ----------------------
BEGIN CLIENT /etc/printcap:
# /etc/printcap: printer capability database. See printcap(5).
# You can use the filter entries df, tf, cf, gf etc. for
# your own filters. See the printcap(5) manual page for further
# details.
# Default Postscript printer on "print-serv"
#        :client:lp=postscript at print-serv
#        :server:oh=print-serv:\
#        :sd=/var/spool/lpd/ps:\
#        :lp=/dev/lp1:\
#        :sh:mx#0
# Fax-Printer for SuSEFax
### BEGIN apsfilter: ### /etc/gs.upp/y2prn_nec.upp nec ###
#   Warning: Configured for apsfilter, do not edit the labels!
#            apsfilter setup Sat Oct  5 23:10:36 PDT 2002
nec-ascii|lp1|y2prn_nec.upp--ascii-nec|y2prn_nec.upp ascii:\
nec|lp2|y2prn_nec.upp--auto-nec|y2prn_nec.upp auto:\
nec-raw|lp3|y2prn_nec.upp--raw-nec|y2prn_nec.upp raw:\
### END   apsfilter: ### /etc/gs.upp/y2prn_nec.upp nec ###

- -----------------------------

Or, it could be a combination of server and client based.  Allow me to 

When plugging my laptop into a network with a windows based print server, I 
can set up the client's printer in YAST2 by telling YAST2 to browse the 
network and picking the appropriate name for the server and the que, and it 
prints without a hitch.  However, on my all-linux network, when I try to 
browse with YAST2 it can't find any hosts.  But (to make things even more 
fun), browsing with LinNeighborhood allows me to see the print que.

Now, here's the smb.conf from the server:
# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2002/10/06 00:52:46

# Global parameters
	workgroup = AWP
	netbios name = BOB
	server string = file and print server
	encrypt passwords = Yes
	update encrypted = Yes
	map to guest = Bad User
	null passwords = Yes
	large readwrite = Yes
	max smbd processes = 100
	character set = ISO8859-15
	os level = 2
	preferred master = True
	hosts allow =
	hosts deny = ALL

	comment = Home Directories
	path = /home/burnboy
	read only = No
	create mask = 0640
	directory mask = 0750
	guest ok = Yes
	max connections = 4
	write cache size = 262144
	fstype = Samba

	comment = NEC Superscript 1200
	path = /tmp
	read only = No
	create mask = 0700
	guest ok = Yes
	hosts allow = 192.168.
	printable = Yes
	print command = /usr/bin/lpr -Pnec %s
	lpq command = /usr/bin/lpq -Pps
	lprm command = /usr/bin/lprm -Pps %j
	lppause command = /usr/sbin/lpc hold z53 %j
	lpresume command = /usr/sbin/lpc release z53 %j
	printer name = nec
	share modes = No

So, that's where I sit now.  It feels like it's getting closer, but I'm 
missing one or two crucial things that are probably niggling little details.  
I really appreciate the help, Joel. 
Do you have any further advice?
- -Dan

On Friday 04 October 2002 15:47, Joel Hammer wrote:
> Well, this is progress.
> This means that the file has been transferred to the samba server.
> Now, I would look at the spool directory given in your smb.conf share
> definition, and make sure the file got there.
> It may have been removed via the printing command in your share.
> (I blush to say I didn't save your smb.conf)
> Now, once it is there, I would try to print it with the command given in
> your smb.conf printer definition.
> This sounds like either a simple printer misconfiguration in smb.conf, or
> you need a different print filter.
> Can you print text files from the server with the same command you have in
> your smb.conf?
> Joel
> On Fri, Oct 04, 2002 at 10:05:14AM -0700, Dan Sawyer wrote:
> > Hash: SHA1
> >
> > Well, I now got a positive response from the console, but nothing
> > printed. Here's the console dump:
> > thedude at floyd:~> cat kittykey.txt | smbclient //bob/nec -c 'print -'
> > added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
> > Got a positive name query response from ( )
> > Password:
> > Domain=[AWP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 2.2.1a]
> > putting file - as stdin-8361 (1.7 kb/s) (average 1.7 kb/s)
> >
> > - -Dan
> >
> > On Thursday 03 October 2002 21:54, Joel Hammer wrote:
> > > Try putting a space between print and -
> > > Joel
> > >
> > > On Thu, Oct 03, 2002 at 09:32:49PM -0700, Dan Sawyer wrote:
> > > > -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
> > > > thedude at floyd:~> cat kittykey.txt | smbclient //bob/nec -c 'print-'
> > > > added interface ip= bcast=
> > > > nmask= Got a positive name query response from
> > > > ( ) Password:
> > > > Domain=[AWP] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 2.2.1a]
> > > > print-: command not found
> >
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