[Samba] Problems adding a printer share

Gary Dale garydale at torfree.net
Tue Jun 19 14:47:33 GMT 2007

You don't need Samba to print. As long as you set up your CUPS 
configuration to allow other local addresses to print to the server, you 
can print to it from windows using 
http://<servername>:631/printers/<printername>, where you replace 
<servername> and <pritnername> with the appropriate values. <servername> 
can also be an IP address.

If this works, you can also (but don't have to) set up the printer to be 
shared via Samba by adding a section to your Samba configuration. I 
recommend that you use SWAT for this - it makes it easy.

Michael Powell wrote:
> I have added an HP Deskjet 600 to my debian etch system, using CUPS.  It is 
> working fine.
> I would like to set it up so that I can occassionally print to it from a 
> Windows 9x machine.  This is where I seem to be having trouble.
> I consulted the HOW-TO docs on the samba site, but they are quite detailed
> and confusing (for me).  
> I don't want to do anything that will cause the printer to work for the Win9x
> machine, but stop working properly on the debian machine.  I am probably 
> wrong, but what little I did understand of the HOW-TO gave me the 
> impression that it might indeed cause problems.
> I really need something that is more like "A Dummy's Guide to SAMBA and 
> Print Shares."  The Win9x machine can currently see/access the other shares
> defined on the debian box.  Is there an "dummy's" way to set the printer 
> share up so that my Win9x machine can see it?
> Thanks!

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