[Samba] Spool files not deleted when "printing = cups"

James Matheson jmrm at eng.cam.ac.uk
Tue Sep 3 16:58:01 GMT 2002

We're using the built-in CUPS interface for printing from Samba and this,
as shipped, leaves the spool files in the directory defined by
	path = whatever
in smb.conf. Other printing types typically explicitely delete these
files as part of the print command but the CUPS interface doesn't
offer any facility to do this. A possible solution is, as in the
attached patch, to delete the file at the end of cups_job_submit().
print_cups.c.dist is as distributed in samba-2.2.5.tar.gz .

A cleaner (more generic) alternative might be to add a configuration option
applicable to all printing types which does the deletion, eg
   remove printfile = yes

James M.R.Matheson

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University Engineering Dept,            Phone: +44-1223-332756/332711
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*** source/printing/print_cups.c.dist   Fri May  3 02:03:31 2002
--- source/printing/print_cups.c        Tue Sep  3 11:59:56 2002
*** 662,669 ****
--- 662,671 ----
  		DEBUG(0,("Unable to print file to `%s' - %s\n", PRINTERNAME(snum),

+ 	if (unlink (pjob->filename) != 0)
+ 		DEBUG(0,("Unable to unlink CUPS spool file  %s\n", pjob->filename));

  	return (ret);

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