[Samba] (Trying) to understand Print properties saving

'Alessandro Dentella' sandro at e-den.it
Wed Jan 2 10:10:37 MST 2013

On Wed, Jan 02, 2013 at 11:08:40AM +0000, Moray Henderson wrote:
> > From: Alessandro Dentella [mailto:sandro at e-den.it]
> > Sent: 01 January 2013 17:01
> > 
> > Hi,
> > 
> > some weeks ago I wrote to this list about a problem I have saving print
> > properties (samba 3.4.7 - ubuntu-lucid + XP-pro)
> > 
> > I never managed to solve it, I also tried with samba 3.6+ (Ubuntu
> > precise) but had aother problems I wrote about in this list ending
> > opening a bug [1].
> > 
> > Now I had to go back to my 3.4.7 installation. I'd like at least to
> > bettere understand how print properties work so that I can cope better
> > with the situation.
> > 
> > In my setup the drivers are distributed by the server, client do
> > realize they need the driver and server correctly serves them, the
> > problem is that the page format is alwayes set to 'letter' rather than
> > 'A4'. I have roaming profiles.
> > 
> > I really need to fix this even thought some workaround.
> I can't answer the other questions, but I do have some instructions for
> setting the default paper size (note these instructions were written for
> XP):
> After you click "Finish" and the driver is copied, select "Properties" on
> the printer.  Say "No" when it asks if you want to install the driver.  Go
> to the "Advanced" tab and select the driver from the dropdown list.  Click
> "OK" and the name of the printer will change to show the driver you just
> installed.  Right-click the printer again. On the General Tab set it back to
> its original name.  Select "Properties" again and go back into the
> "Advanced" tab.  Now there is a new option "Printing Defaults".  Click
> "Advanced on the Printing Defaults page.  NOW you can choose the default
> options for your users - like A4 paper size.  Nasty, isn't it?

Thanks for the reply but I already did all this as explained in my first
post to this list [1]. As explained there I think it's related to this bug
[2], but when moved to precise I met others problems that made be open this
bug [3]...

I'm not just asking to solve my problem but to explain the machinary so that
I can figure out a possible further debug step.

I really don't know where to ask for these info if not on the samba ml...
So I represent the questions, hoping somene who knows the answer and didn't
read the others mail can follo on this one...

Can someone tell me which are the components that store the print
properties? If this is already explained somewhere, please give me the
URL, I wasn't able to find it.

1. If I browse \\server\(server and fax) and I configure properties,
   where are the changes saved?

2. When an end user configures the printer where does ther properties
   should go (I have roaming profiles)? In the profile? in a registry?

3. If the domain/local Administrator changes the properties in the
   printer on the client  via settings | printers how does that change relate
   to  settings in 1 and 2?

4. In a working setup, is there a way to force the paper format *after*
   a user has already logged in and changed the properties?

[1] https://lists.samba.org/archive/samba/2012-December/170314.html
[2] https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6727
[3] https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=9468

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