[Samba] Re: Win client can print if printer manually createdbut notwhen auto driver installed

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Mar 12 19:30:07 GMT 2004

Let's keep this on the samba list and not an interactive between you and
me...Also, I prefer bottom posting so my reply will be at the bottom.

On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 11:54, Lee Thao wrote:
> Test page from cups using Postscript driver give printout saying printer is
> not license for postsrcipt.  Other drivers (Generic - PCL6) produces blank
> sheet with a few chars in upper left, PCL5e - nothing comes out.
> Admin with printer created with APW produces the same blank page with few
> chars.  Local driver prints fine to samba share.
> Lee. 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-bounces+lthao=elmbrook.org at lists.samba.org
> [mailto:samba-bounces+lthao=elmbrook.org at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of Craig
> White
> Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 12:41 PM
> To: Mark
> Cc: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: Re: [Samba] Re: Win client can print if printer manually createdbut
> notwhen auto driver installed
> On Fri, 2004-03-12 at 11:14, Mark wrote:
> > "Lee Thao" <lthao at elmbrook.org> wrote in message 
> > news:200403121533.i2CFX70e014207 at linuxmail.elmbrook.org...
> > > Is this a samba issue or cups?  I can print from a client just fine 
> > > if I install a local printer attached to a local smb port 
> > > (\\server\printershare).  But when I create a "network" printer 
> > > (using apw or double clicking on printershare in explorer), all I 
> > > get for a test page (or from anything else actually) is a blank page 
> > > with three non-alpha,
> > greek
> > > lookin chars in the upper right.  What gives?
> > 
> > If you have a small network, then stick with the local drivers.  It's 
> > simple and it works.  If you have hundreds or thousands of users, then 
> > buy a copy of "The Official Samba-3 HowTo and Reference Guide".  Then 
> > settle down for a lot of reading and a lot of configuration and a lot 
> > of testing.  It isn't simple, but it is potentially vey powerful.
> > 
> > Disclaimer:  I use the local driver method.  I did buy the book and 
> > read all about the fantastic new printing abilities in Samba-3, but 
> > concluded the effort wouldn't be worth it for my 25 user network. So 
> > in fact, I have never used the method where drivers are automatically
> downloaded.
> > 
> ---
> I found it worthwhile to use the APW method of server based drivers for less
> than 25 for a number of reasons...I can update all the drivers at one shot,
> I can setup and distribute new printer setups in one shot and I can
> configure all of them at the same time.
> The reference guide is a worthwhile purchase for any person that seriously
> wants to implement system administration. 
> As for this particular problem - Can cups print a postscript test page?
> How about the system administrator who 'uploads' the drivers using the APW -
> can he successfully print the test page?  Baby steps...
> Craig
Given that you can't print the postscript test page from cups, this is
where you need to start. Delete the printer and start again - use the
cups configurator (that's what I've had the most success with)

If you have PPD's for this printer, I think that you need to copy them
into /usr/share/cups/model/ppd - at least, that is where I put them on
my system (RH AS 3) - then create the printer - use the newly acquired
printer instead of the foomatic supplied postscript driver.

When you can successfully print the postscript test page, restart samba
and it's likely that things will work after that point.


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