[Samba] Samba/Cups collating

Martin Zielinski mz at seh.de
Thu Jan 4 08:15:26 GMT 2007

Normally samba prints raw to cups. This means, cups does not touch the 
files that come from your XP client - and so cups has nothing to do with 
collating the pages.

As far as I understand it, windows drivers often (maybe allways?) use 
the print processor for collating (as for other "advanced printing 
In the PnPrint - environment the print processor would be executed on 
the server, which is not possible on samba.

When you are printing directly to the printer you have a *local* printer 
  , not a *network* printer, and the print processor is executed on your 
client machine.

So, unless your driver uses a different way for collating the pages, 
there is no way to handle it.

~ Martin

Ricky Armstead schrieb:
> For sometime now I have not been able to print Collated pages on windows
> client machines Domain Wide. Our print server is cups, running on Linux
> Gentoo. If I print directly to the printer within windows I am able to
> collate. If a Linux machine prints from command line specifying
> Collate=True while printing pages it works. I have been searching quite
> some time now to find a fix, or a how to but no go. Even on the cups
> forum I haven't found an answer. I wonder I if I specify in the smb.conf
> under the print command section collate=True would that work? If anyone
> has this working or know how to get this to work please let me know.
> Thanks In advance

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