[Samba] Samba, Cups, Windows driver and PPD File updates

Robert M. Martel bob at urban.csuohio.edu
Tue May 18 16:12:08 GMT 2004


I am using Samba (both 2.2.8a and 3.0.4) on servers running CUPS and 
have used cupsaddsmb to make the Cups drivers available for download to 
the client PCs.  Everything has been working as it should.

I need to make some changes to the PPD files on the CUPS servers.  The 
question I have is about propagating the changes to the client PCs.

I can either hand edit the copy of the PPD under the PRINT$, or I could 
re-run cupsaddsmb (I think) to pick-up may changed Cups PPD - but (how) 
will the client PCs that already have the driver loaded for a given 
printer "learn" of the change to the PPD file?  I see that copies of the 
PPD end up under c:\WINNT\system32\spool\drivers\2

I've looked over the docs and mailing list archives but if this topic is 
mentioned I have missed it..

Will the users need to disconnect and reconnect the printers?  Will they 
need to disconnect from the printer, remove the current driver from the 
PC, then reconnect?  Will thinks work like magic and I am worrying about 

I am trying to minimize the confusion that any change causes among our 

Thanks in advance for any hints or ideas.

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