[Samba] Samba and Printing

Shaun Marolf shaun.marolf at gmail.com
Wed Aug 30 05:42:23 GMT 2006

On Wednesday 30 August 2006 00:18, Komal Shah wrote:
> Hello,
> I have quick question about Printing with Samba.I want to print to
> printer connected to Windows machine.I do not have drive for Linux of
> the printer.Should I create raw queue in Linux to print to Windows printer?
> If i do not have suitable driver for Linux for printer is it still
> possible to print to windows printer ?
> I tired postscript printer but it is not working.
> Thanks
> Regards,
> Komal

It is much easier to have Windows print to a Samba server than it is to print 
to Windows from any Unix. I have successfully setup shared printers on a 
Samba Server that I had no Linux driver for. Though the server could not 
print to the attached printer all my Windows clients could as Samba Print 
queue just sent raw data straight through so all the printer got was the file 
that Windows created before it sent it to the Samba print share.

Now as far as printing to your printer from Linux, if the post script driver 
does not work then you may not be able to do so. Have you used Google to see 
if a driver is available? Since you didn't state what brand it was all I can 
add is if its a Brother I bet you will find a driver at their web site.

It isn't about it being free. Rather its about the freedom it brings.

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