FC4 Printer Sharing

Tim ignored_mailbox at yahoo.com.au
Sun Feb 12 13:03:12 UTC 2006

Oliver Sampson:
>>> I turned on Samba and browsing for printers in Samba. My Windows
>>> machines can now see my Linux machine via the Network Neighborhood, but
>>> not the printer.
>>> I turned on printer sharing in the system-config-printer utility, but
>>> that doesn't seem to make a difference.
>>> Here's the printer part of my smb.conf
>>> [printers]
>>>         comment = All Printers
>>>         path = /var/spool/samba
>>>         browseable = yes
>>> # Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to print
>>>         guest ok = yes
>>> ;       writeable = no
>>>         printable = yes
>>>         public = yes

Oddly enough, mine's like the following, but my printer does show up in
the browse list.

        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/spool/samba
        browseable = no
        guest ok = yes
        printable = yes

One gotcha to look out for is making sure that the users that you want
to be able to print have to be entered into Samba as users with

Mikkel L. Ellertson:
>> Do you have something like this in the Global section?
>>    printcap name = cups
>>    load printers = yes
>>    printing = cups

And mine's like the following:

    printcap name = /etc/printcap
    load printers = yes
;   printing = cups
    cups options = raw

I seem to be able to print without any problems from a Win98SE box, so
long as it's logged onto using an username and password, and they're
entered into Samba's configuration, too.

I had trouble trying to print from a Win2000 box, mostly related to
trying to install a printer and drivers to suit, and ended up instead
entering a HTTP address to the printer (IPP through CUPS) instead of
using Samba.

My printer's just an old HP Laserjet 4L, nothing fancy, and there's
drivers for it for all the OSs I'm using.

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