Configuring samba printer on Fedora 14

Paolo Galtieri pgaltieri at
Thu Nov 24 02:21:31 UTC 2011

When I had F12 installed on my system I was able to configure a printer
attached to my dad's windows system without issues.

I'm now running F14 and I'm having problems.  When I bring up
system-config-printer and add a printer via samba I provide just the
workgroup name and select browse.  After a bit a dialog pops up showing the
share name and then another dialog pops up that says that I need to login
to the windows host.  Since no such security requirement has been
configured on the windows side I am unable to configure a printer.  The
same thing happens when I use my mother's F13 system to configure a samba
printer.  I can run

smbclient -L

which prompts for a password but hitting return allows it to go ahead and
display the available services

[root at peglaptopw mplayer]# smbclient -L
Enter root's password:
Domain=[TALOFA01] OS=[Windows 7 Ultimate 7601 Service Pack 1]
Server=[Windows 7 Ultimate 6.1]

    Sharename       Type      Comment
    ---------       ----      -------
    ADMIN$          Disk      Remote Admin
    C$              Disk      Default share
    D$              Disk      Default share
    E$              Disk      Default share
    Epson Stylus Photo 1270 ESCP 2 Printer   Epson Stylus Photo 1270 ESC/P 2
    EPSON Stylus Photo RX595 Series Printer   EPSON Stylus Photo RX595
    F$              Disk      Default share
    G$              Disk      Default share
    H$              Disk      Default share
<rest deleted>

However, if instead of providing just


in the SMB printer config dialog I enter


where is the IP address of TALOFA01 then it finds the list of
available printers and I can go ahead and configure them.

This workaround does not work on F13.  I'm still prompted for username and
password for system

It seems wrong to me that I need to provide the actual IP address to make
it work.  If I provide TALOFA01 instead of the IP address I get prompted
again for username and password.

So what do I need to configure on F14 to make printer configuration via
samba work right?

On another note there is one thing I find really annoying regarding adding
a printer, and that's the number of times I'm asked for the root password.
I'm asked the root password first when I select add printer.  After
providing it (correctly) I am asked it again to get privileges to access
network printers.  I am asked the root password a third time when I go to
apply the printer configuration.  After I enter the password I am again
prompted for the root password to get additional privileges.  So in total I
was asked for the root password 4 times - this seems excessive.

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