[Samba] parameter default devmode missing in man pages and other docs

Karolin Seeger kseeger at samba.org
Thu May 14 11:30:23 GMT 2009

Hi Axel,

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 10:15:59AM +0200, Axel Werner wrote:
> Why is the smb.conf  Parameter "default devmode" missing in pretty much any 
> samba documentation like man page etc ??
> does someone have a good "official " explaination about this parameter ?

man smm.conf (3.3.4):
default devmode (S)

           This parameter is only applicable to printable services. When
smbd is serving Printer Drivers to
           Windows NT/2k/XP clients, each printer on the Samba server has
a Device Mode which defines
           things such as paper size and orientation and duplex settings.
The device mode can only
           correctly be generated by the printer driver itself (which can
only be executed on a Win32
           platform). Because smbd is unable to execute the driver code to
generate the device mode, the
           default behavior is to set this field to NULL.

           Most problems with serving printer drivers to Windows NT/2k/XP
clients can be traced to a
           problem with the generated device mode. Certain drivers will do
things such as crashing the
           clientŽs Explorer.exe with a NULL devmode. However, other
printer drivers can cause the clientŽs
           spooler service (spoolsv.exe) to die if the devmode was not
created by the driver itself (i.e.
           smbd generates a default devmode).

           This parameter should be used with care and tested with the
printer driver in question. It is
           better to leave the device mode to NULL and let the Windows
client set the correct values.
           Because drivers do not do this all the time, setting default
devmode = yes will instruct smbd to
           generate a default one.

           For more information on Windows NT/2k printing and Device
Modes, see the MSDN documentation.

           Default: default devmode = yes


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