[Samba] Sharing GDI printers

Martin Zielinski mz at seh.de
Fri Dec 1 07:51:17 GMT 2006


you tell nothing about the software you're using
(Samba version, cups ???, logs), so it's difficult to help you.

a) The "paused" printers may be paused by cups, if an error occurs.
If you're using cups, then check the logs and try to change the "error 
policy" of your print queue.

b) GDI printers need bidirectional communication with the host. They 
might ask the host to perform an operation and get the result back.
Some hardware print servers have special modes to support (some, not 
all) GDI printers anyway.



Hans du Plooy schrieb:
> Hi guys,
> Can someone explain why sharing a GDI printer (think Laserjet
> 1000/1005/1020 for example) is so unreliable?  I'm not moaning about
> Samba - I just want to understand.
> I have seen this several times.  I get the printer working fine under
> Linux, then print to it through Samba, also fine.  But then I get a call
> a day later "we can't print" and when I get there the printer is paused
> (an no user has the privs to paus/resume it).
> The last case, with a Laserjet 1000, after it paused the first time, it
> simply wouldn't print again - ever.  It could still print directly from
> the Linux box, but not through Samba.
> I also noticed that these printers wouldn't work properly through a
> hardware print server.
> Thanks
> Hans

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