[Samba] Printing from Win2000 to Linux

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Sat Jan 18 13:42:00 GMT 2003

I don't understand your print shares. That doesn't mean they are
incorrect, it just means I don't use this method for configuring my

Here is the easiest way I know.

If you can print fine from the linux box, that means that the linux box can
handle postscript files, since postscript is THE printing language on linux.
Therefore, send all your windows files to the same queue you print from in
linux. And, on the windows box, select HP laserjet III plus as your driver.
This is a generic postscript driver, that is, it will convert your document
into a generic postscript file. This file can be read with gv, for
example.  The file is then transferred to the spool directory specified
in your print share, whence it is printed with lpr.

I hate to depend on automatic, behind the scenes tricks to solve my
printing problems, since you will never stop having printing problems and
you might as well understand what is happening.

Here is what I do. I use lprng but cups should not be too different, I would
hope. There are some permissions problems in cups that I haven't seen in

        encrypt passwords = yes 
	netbios name = HAMMER2
	interfaces = 
	security = SHARE
	guest account = ftp

	path = /tmp
	read only = No
	create mask = 0700
	guest ok = yes
	hosts allow = 192.168.
	printable = Yes
	printing = lprng
 	print command = echo %J %p %s  >>  /tmp/junkJ;\
                       a="`echo '%J' | sed "s/^.*- //"`" ;\
	               echo This is truncated $a >> /tmp/junkJ;\
                       /usr/bin/lpr -Pps  -J"$a"  %s;\
                       rm %s
	lpq command = /usr/bin/lpq -Pps
	lprm command = /usr/bin/lprm -Pps %j
	lppause command = /usr/sbin/lpc hold ps %j
	lpresume command = /usr/sbin/lpc release ps %j
	share modes = No
        use client driver = yes     

I explicitly define all the printing commands. Just paranoid,
I guess.  It really isn't needed, if everything is working according to
plan. Note: printing = parameter is a share level parameter. 

man smb.conf
:/   printing

I don't think share modes does anything but I am too lazy to find out.

Just be sure the ps queue can handle postscript jobs, and you should be
close to a solution.

I won't give you my printcap file, since I use lprng and that might have
a different format from cups, for all I know.


So, On Sat, Jan 18, 2003 at 09:37:56AM +0100, Michael Herber wrote:
> I have two computers here - one with Win2000 and the other with SuSE
> 8.1. My goal is that I can print from Win to my printer connected on the
> Linux machine. 
> Now I tried quite a few things but nothing will work. First of all, here
> my smb.conf:
> # Samba config file created using SWAT
> # from (
> # Date: 2003/01/11 16:17:19
> # Global parameters
> [global]
> 	security = share
> 	guest account = nobody
> 	guest ok = Yes
> 	printing = cups
> 	printer name = lp
> 	veto files = /*.eml/*.nws/riched20.dll/*.{*}/
> 	load printers = Yes
> [homes]
> 	comment = Home Directories
> 	valid users = %S
> 	read only = Yes
> 	guest ok = No
> 	veto files =
> 	browseable = No
> 	fstype = FAT
> [printers]
> 	comment = All Printers
> 	browseable = yes
> 	public = yes
> 	guest ok = yes
> 	writable = yes
> 	printable = yes
> 	path = /var/spool/samba
> [print$]
> 	comment = Printer Drivers
> 	browsable = yes
> 	guest ok = yes
> 	read only = yes
> I know that there are two possibilities to install the printer on the
> Win machine:
> 1. When I try to install it as local printer, I select "Standard
> TCP/IP-Port" and enter the ip of the Linux computer "e.g.
>").  The next dialogue tells me that the device can't be
> found an I can select the type of device (e.g. "generic network card").
> So I stopped here because oviously, this doesn't work correctly.
> 2. As network printer. Windows finds my Linux, even the printer, but
> tells me that the server doesn't offer a correct driver for the printer.
> I can then install a driver on the local machine, that means the Windows
> one, right? Now I downloaded the right driver and select the .inf-file.
> But then a dialogue tells me that the driver isn't the correct one for
> this version of windows or not available. So no chance here too.
> But I know from other users in the net that it is possible to print from
> Win 2000 to Linux correctly. So is somebody here who can help me till
> this really works?
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