[Samba] Printer upload problem

François Legal devel at thom.fr.eu.org
Tue Dec 9 16:29:58 GMT 2008

I don't know of this particular WorkCenter model, but I had a similar issue
with a 7328 and samba 3.2.X

The problem is that Xerox drivers install a print processor (other than the
ones natively available in Windows like WinPrint) which requires a windows
machine to be run.

I think (I don't know what is possible with samba 4 but I doubt this could
be possible) that setting up point'n print for this kind of printer with
samba is not possible. You require a Windows machine.

I don't know if you have any kind of support services available by Xerox
(that may help you solving the issue) but the only answer I could get from
their support is "Buy the PostScript option first, then we'll see".

I finally decided to not have the drivers uploaded to the server, and use
the server only as a print queue and select the right driver when
installing the printer on the client machine (with all the drawbacks that
come along with this method like having to setup the printer parameters and
options each time on each machine) which, I guess, is not an option to you.

If you can get this to work with (maybe) the help of Xerox, I'm interested
in the solution.


On Tue, 09 Dec 2008 15:25:15 +0100, Nicolas HAHN <hahnn at x-itools.com>
>    Hi there,
>    We have 4 samba print servers we use for our 3000 users. they're  
> configured to automatically distribute printer drivers to our windows  
> clients.
>    Recently, we have added a Xerox WorkCenter 5638 monster.
>    But we're unable to upload the driver to the samba server throught  
> print wizzard as windows admin. We've tried PCL, PCL 6, and PS drivers  
> available on Xerox web site, without success. It is still the same:  
> various alert boxes appears, some with very strange numbers (ie:  
> 040:000:0466). In samba logs, I can see several STATUS_BUFFER_OVERFLOW  
> messages.
>    I've tried with samba version 3.0.22 and 3.0.27, on RHEL 5.1  
> installed on x64 architecture.
>    Furthemore, we experiment printer wizard crashes with various  
> printer drivers, and for most of them (we have almost 300 printers!),  
> we found a combination PRINTER MODEL <-> PRINTER DRIVER which finally  
> works, but it's not the panacee because the drivers don't really  
> correspond to the printer (ie: we use HP LJ 8050 driver for a HP LJ  
> 9550 printer to have things working).
>    We really need help about this problem, and we'd like to thank by  
> advance for any help provided (or bug fix!) as this is a kind of  
> emergency for us.
>    Thanks a lot :-)
>    --
> Nicolas HAHN
> X-Itools project manager
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