[Samba] Print Server
Joel at HammersHome.com
Mon May 5 21:41:05 GMT 2003
Just keep a couple of things in mind.
My comments apply to lprng as the linux printing system.
Be sure you specify in the smb.conf file which system you are using.
When you print to a samba server, the print job is transferred to the
print spool defined in the smb.conf share. Then, the print command (which
you should specify in the share) is invoked to print this file. It is
usually best to filter the print job on the windows client before it
gets sent to the linux server, which should print it without having to
If you understand this, and realize you can specify all the printing
commands in the share, then trouble shooting printing problems will be
straight forward in most cases.
This is an example of a smb.conf share for a printer. Note that you can have
anything you want for the printing commands. This is very handy.
comment = Raw Printer for Z53
# max print jobs = 1
path = /tmp
create mask = 0700
guest ok = yes
hosts allow = 192.168.
printable = Yes
printing = lprng
# print command = echo "Tried to print %s" > /SPOOL/junk.%s
print command = echo %J %p %s >> /tmp/junkJ;\
a="`echo '%J' | sed "s/^.*- //"`" ;\
echo This is truncated $a >> /tmp/junkJ;\
/usr/bin/lpr -Plp -J"$a" %s;\
lpq command = /usr/bin/lpq -Plp
lprm command = /usr/bin/lprm -Plp %j
lppause command = /usr/sbin/lpc hold -Plp %j
lpresume command = /usr/sbin/lpc release -Plp %j
printer name = lp
share modes = No
Of course, you will need a print queue on the linux server that can
handle raw jobs. It is best to keep things simple.
> A friend of mine owns a print shop. He has 3 Lanier printers (models 2138, 5265, 5813) They are all LAN attached. I would like to set up a samba print server for these machines. I have used samba as strictly a PDC and file server. I have nerver set up a printer in Linux or in Samba. I would like to be pointed in the right direction in order to set this up. Thanks in advanced for any information.
> I have a custom built distribution on this system. I can install any printing solution (LPR, CUPOS, etc) that would be needed. I would like to know some of the advantages of each system. The Lanier systems support PS, PCL 5, and their own custom protocol. I will be printing from a W2k machine that is joined to a samba PDC. the serving I would like to set up would also be joined to this PDC.
> Scott Swaim
> scott at qualitycorps.com
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