[Samba] Re: I've always HATED printing with Samba

Dragan Krnic dkrnic at lycos.com
Sat Jul 26 14:40:00 GMT 2003

Can't you give your subject line a more positive spin 

   How frustrating printing can be for a newbie admin
   Looks like I'll never understand printing

| OK, some progress.  I managed to get access to the 
| printer but now I have the bi-directional 

In my opinion, you can't really have problems with bi-
directional communications. Samba basically passes to 
cups ready print stuff (pre-processed by your clients)
only to be transferred to the printer. So your basic
setup for cups-controlled samba printers is raw queue.
Simplicity itself. Given an appropriate ppd file, cups 
will come to terms with exigencies of paper out, paper
jam, ink out, etc.

Samba provides a convenient way to store the necessary 
driver and support files so that they can be
automagically downloaded by the client, when it first
access a printer share. That makes it painless for 
users accustomed to click-n-print MS ways.

Now the basic mechanism of setting up the client
drivers' depot (rpcclient, the program underlying
cupsaddsmb) got broken since about 2.2.6a according to
some, but I only got real problems with 2.2.8a, when I
had to implement the fully compatible printer 
manipulation for my parish.

I haven't followed your thread but perhaps your problem
and solution are described in the following document:


If they aren't, I'll look up your previous posting.

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