[Samba] Server-side printer settings?

Chris Nolan chris at itoperations.com.au
Thu Aug 14 08:47:27 GMT 2003

Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2003 07:34:33 +0200
From: "Kurt Pfeifle" <kpfeifle at danka.de>
Subject: [Samba] Server-side printer settings?
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>> Thu Aug 14 10:30:35 GMT 2003
>> Hi all!
>> I have a situtation that I want to get happening:
>0> We have just installed a colour photocopier with duplexing at a client's 
>> office. We're looking to have four printers pointing at this one device, 

> I guess you mean four print*queues*...

Sorry. :-) The funky setup that Mandrake provides has spoiled me. It's a welcome 
change from those damned OpenServer and UnixWare "servers" I have to take care

>> with the following settings (one for each printer):
>> 	* Black and White
>> 	* Black and White, Duplexed
>> 	* Colour
>> 	* Colour Duplexed
>> My question is, can we have server-side settings for this sort of thing? 

> Yes. See
>    http://www.linuxprinting.org/kpfeifle/SambaPrintHOWTO/Samba-HOWTO-Collection-3.0-PrintingChapter-11th-draft.html#11_2_10
>    http://www.linuxprinting.org/kpfeifle/SambaPrintHOWTO/Samba-HOWTO-Collection-3.0-PrintingChapter-11th-draft.html#11_1
> My question is, do you know which Unix print sub-system your Samba
> server relies on? Do you mind telling? Do you know which kind of
> client Windows OS there are using this Samba server?

I do not mind telling at all! CUPS is the print sub-system in use in
this particular setup.

>> My reading of the rpcclient man page says that servers can contain 
>> settings, but I would like to be able to do the following:
>> 	* Specify which users can modify the settings for themselves and 	 
>> those that can't

> Every user can modify settings for themselves.
> >
> > * Specify which users can update the server-side settings

> Users listed in the "printer admin" setting of smb.conf (plus root)
> can modify the server-side settings.

> Server-side settings are used as defaults, in case users don't
> specify or change user-side settings.

>> 	* (If possible but highly unlikely) Specify which parts of the 			 
>> printer settings can be modified in the first case

> Not possible.

>> All responses that make me smarter welcome!

> Depending on *what* *exactly* you want to effectivly achieve by
> having different user groups access different parts of the
> printer admin, there might be workarounds. It would involve
> the editing of the printer driver's PPD, to remove options that
> are not meant to be user-selectable (and leaving only the one[s]
> which should be used). F.e. your "Black and White" queue would
> not have a "Colour" option, and your "Colour Duplex" not a
> black and white and simplex one. Of course, your users would
> still be able to switch queues if they wanted the other option
> in printing. (You could fiddle with the access to the queues
> too, of course),

> Smarter now?            

Very much so! Thanks!



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