sharing lpt1: port on redhat8/samba

Posted on 2003-03-13
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I've got Redhat 8 box, with samba/smb installed and configured and working,

I would like to add a printer share, that directly shares the lpt1: port, my aim is to be able to print from a Windows 98 workstation, by simply printing to \\linuxps\printer and installing whatever driver is needed on the Win98 machine individually,

I don't know what printer system under linux I am using - that is unconfigured

What settings/modifications do I need to make to get it sharing the parallel port directly? I do not wish to install any type of driver that ties the redhat box to a certain printer - I want to 'plug and play' the printer, and install the relevant driver on win98..
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At the moment, win2000 test machine can see \\linuxps and it's shares, and can connect to \\linuxps\printer but the status then says "Access denied, unable to connect"

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At the moment, win2000 test machine can see \\linuxps and it's shares, and can connect to \\linuxps\printer but the status then says "Access denied, unable to connect"

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heskyttberg earned 1000 total points
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You still need to setup the printer in Linux in order to be able to share it through samba, you cannot share it directly.

Use printconf and add it.

Use an editor to check and change settings in /etc/samba/smb.conf

Thees are the ones to change:
   workgroup = yourWorkgroup
# Should be same as your windows box.
   server string = Samba Server
   netbios name = prnsrv

# Make sure this is set so noone from internet can connect.
   hosts allow = 192.168.x. 127.

# Sharing the printers automatic
   printcap name = lpstat
   load printers = yes
   printing = lpr

# The shares tehmselves
   comment = All Printers
   path = /var/spool/samba
   browseable = yes

Now you need to do the following:
adduser -g users -d/home/usrname -s /bin/bash -k /etc/skel usrname
smbadduser usrname myWindowsUserName
ambpasswd myWindowsUserName

Where usrname is anything you would like it to be, or you could just add the guest account to be allowed to print, not recommended.

Set same username as you are using to login to the windows system.

Now restart samba by: /etc/init.d/smb restart

Browse the network and map the printer.

/Hans - Erik Skyttberg

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