[Samba] Win95 & Win98 - NOT WORKING - NT,2000, XP are ok (re posted)

Peter Carpenter peterc at osm.co.uk
Mon Mar 17 12:30:29 GMT 2003


I'm not a Samba guru so am not the one to tell you the difference between
Samba 2.0 and Samba 2.2. I'm struggling myself to get printing to work from
various Windows flavours with Samba 2.2.6 in "server" security mode on
various unix flavours.

My guess is that your problem is just authentication i.e. the password
server is rejecting your old Windows boxes, perhaps because they are sending
the password in clear and not encrypted like the modern Windows. If so you
can put "map to guest = Bad User" in the [global] section of smb.conf and
they will be let in as 'nobody'. This is slack security to be sure - but it
works. You then have to check that 'nobody' can print from the spool
directory. This can fail because 'nobody' has a weird UID or because there
is no read access to one of the directories in the path.


-----Original Message-----
From: peter.a.bryant at mainroads.qld.gov.au
Sent: Sunday, 16 March, 2003 10:32 PM

Our setup is peer to peer, rather than a domain setup.
So security is set to   "server"

Generally though, we are using the same conf. file for this new Samba as
the one we had (have)  in production (on Samba 2.0.6).

So I guess what I need to know is what has changed in regards to printing
Win95, 98
from 2.0.6 to 2.2.7a  ?



Peter Carpenter <peterc at osm.co.uk> on 14/03/2003 09:45:28 PM

Did you change your "security" setting in your new Samba e.g. from "share"
to "domain"?

-----Original Message-----
From: peter.a.bryant at mainroads.qld.gov.au

I tried adding the [printers] section to my conf file as John suggested, but
this didn't solve the problem.
Still able to print from NT, 2000, XP  and not from Win95, 98

just recapping - am able to print from all clients with the old version
which we are still using in production

With the new Samba (2.2.7a) the file sharing is fine, but printing only
for NT,2000,XP
With Win95 & Win98 only, the file gets put in the spool directory but
seem to get
sent from the spool directory to the printer. (or picked up by the printer -
however it works...)

Any idea if Win95, 98 printing is treated differently to the newer OS's ?

thanks for any thoughts.

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