[Samba] What steps to take

Gary Dale garydale at rogers.com
Wed Jan 7 11:52:56 GMT 2009

There are the GUI tools like the KDE printer and the print manager that 
acquire the list of printers somehow. And there's the Konqueror 
"Services" "Print System Browser" section that gets a list of printers. 
Gnome has similar capabilities, so whatever desktop you are using should 
have some code you can look at and see how it operates live.

Tom Van Deun wrote:
> I can't use smbclient because that means I need to do an install. 
> That'll have to be approved etc etc and it won't get approved. If I 
> write or use a small piece of code that's ok.
> I've looked around for other tools but to be honest I can't find any. 
> If you know of some do let me know.
> Kind regards,
> Tom Van Deun
> On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 12:27 PM, Gary Dale <garydale at rogers.com 
> <mailto:garydale at rogers.com>> wrote:
>     Tom Van Deun wrote:
>         Hi list
>         I'm attempting to list windows shared printers in Unix. That's
>         really all
>         that I need and I can't install Samba on the machine I need to
>         list the
>         shared printers from. I started analyzing the smbclient code
>         hoping to
>         extract the necessary info but as you all know it's a daunting
>         task.
>         Certainly for a C novice.
>         Which is why I want to ask if there is anyone out there who
>         can help me. Be
>         it suppling me the entire or partial code, provide some
>         detailed steps I
>         should follow so I can figure it out myself or just clues.
>         Anything really,
>         I'll filter it.
>         Extra info:
>         I relaly just need to list the printers shared on Windows 2000
>         systems (as
>         far as I know). I don't need authentication or anything. It
>         should work more
>         or less like "smbclient -L <remote system>" but it doesn't
>         have to list the
>         shared drives. No problem if it does though. (and no, I can't
>         simply use
>         smbclient =/)
>         Kind regards,
>         Tom
>     Why not use smbclient if all you want is the list? Pipe the output
>     through your favourite tool tool to remove the extra lines you
>     don't want...
>     However, there are other tools around that also give you a list of
>     Windows (and other) printers. Have you looked at them? I don't
>     think there is an "easy" way to get through the morass of SMB code
>     for this.
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