[Samba] Printing Problem with Samba ' Failed to allocate a print job'

Misty Stanley-Jones misty at borkholder.com
Tue Apr 8 16:48:20 GMT 2008

I=92m using Samba 3.0.24 on Ubuntu Feisty.  I=92m managing my printers =
CUPS. =20


Just yesterday, one printer stopped being able to print through Samba.  =
printer still prints fine directly from CUPS.  When I try to send any =
job to the print via Samba, I get this:


[2008/04/08 11:15:58, 0] printing/printing.c:allocate_print_jobid(2262)

  allocate_print_jobid: failed to allocate a print job for queue

[2008/04/08 11:15:58, 3] printing/printing.c:print_job_start(2431)

  print_job_start: returning fail. Error =3D No space left on device


At first glance, I would think the disk was full.  It=92s actually not:

root at oink:~# df -h

Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on

/dev/sdf1             106G   41G   60G  41% /

varrun               1006M  844K 1005M   1% /var/run

varlock              1006M  4.0K 1006M   1% /var/lock

procbususb           1006M  140K 1006M   1% /proc/bus/usb

udev                 1006M  140K 1006M   1% /dev

devshm               1006M     0 1006M   0% /dev/shm

/dev/sda1             1.4T  293G 1014G  23% /data

/dev/md0              1.2T  770G  380G  67% /backup

/data/home            1.4T  293G 1014G  23% /home


Then I checked to make sure the permissions on the spool directory were =

root at oink:~# ls -ld /data/samba/spool

drwxrwxrwt 3 root Domain Users 49152 2008-04-08 11:17 /data/samba/spool


I don=92t use /var/spool/samba but here are its permissions anyway:

root at oink:~# ls -ld /var/spool/samba

drwxrwxrwt 2 root root 4096 2007-05-22 13:53 /var/spool/samba


Thinking it might just be a temporary thing with Samba, I restarted it =
night after everyone left.  The problem still persists.  I have not
restarted the entire server yet.  There are no errors in dmesg or


I checked this morning to see if there was a newer Samba version for =
but there isn=92t.  I found a few instances of this type of problem on =
but no real answers.  Plus, they all seemed to be old.


Thanks for any help,



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