[Samba] Re: Samba bidirectional printing support
vik at etogo.net
Wed Feb 2 13:19:25 GMT 2005
No answers so far..
So probably it is impossible to make bidirectional printer connection
One more question - are there another smb implementations for unix-like
Viktor Remennik wrote:
> Paul Gienger wrote:
>>> trying to install Canon s900 printer but canon printer monitor on win
>>> PC is not working saying there's no bidirectional connection between win
>> That is probably the Canon app not wanting to work with a networked
>> printer. Those style apps are designed to work on a local machine
>> with a local printer. You could try to create a virtual LPR port and
>> set the server to print in raw mode, but that probably won't get you
>> over the hump.
> I don't think so. Actualy there are two kind of tools. First is really
> working with local port. But I'm talking about win32 driver. Under win32
> (windows xp sp2) the driver is able to show when there's no ink in the
> network printer. but with samba shared printer win32 driver claims that
> bidirectional mode is unavailable and "Enable bidirectional support"
> checkbox in printer properties is disabled gray. Is it possible to let
> it alert me when ink is out?
>>> So, am i right that it is impossible to use modern printers via samba?
>> No, you're wrong. It may be very difficult or impossible to use
>> printers whose driver writers expect that printer to be attached to
>> USB or parallel ports and cannot function over the network, but this
>> will only hinder the advanced properties, perhaps such as ink sensing
>> and what not. Pull virtually any network aware printer off of the
>> shelf today, install the drivers on your server and client and you'll
>> be just fine. Naturally this works better if the printer talks
>> PostScript or any open printing language, but even without, many
>> companies make valid unix drivers for network printers.
> But under win32 it works via smb net! Maybe the problem is in the samba
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