samba printer sharing setup seems ok but doesnt print? yet printer is listed

Posted on 2006-05-17
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Last Modified: 2010-04-20
what im trying to do is print to this printer behind a firewall so security is not an issue right now
i want to see it work with share before setting security to user

if i go to a workstation and hit start run
type in \\

i can see TMP directory and move files into it
but the printer listed as lp is also there
yet i cannot print to it no matter how many times ive changed smb.conf around
ive spent all day trying to get this setup and it seems to be a bit more of a hassle then need be please help it cant be this much of a pain to setup samba can it?

 cat /etc/samba/smb.conf
# This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the
# smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed
# here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options (perhaps too
# many!) most of which are not shown in this example
# Any line which starts with a ; (semi-colon) or a # (hash)
# is a comment and is ignored. In this example we will use a #
# for commentry and a ; for parts of the config file that you
# may wish to enable
# NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command "testparm"
# to check that you have not many any basic syntactic errors.
#======================= Global Settings =====================================

## Basic Server Settings

        # workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: REDHAT4
        workgroup = EOFFICE
        netbios name = LINUXPC
        # server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
        server string = linuxprinter
        # This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict
        # connections to machines which are on your local network. The
        # following example restricts access to two C class networks and
        # the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see
        # the smb.conf man page
        ; hosts allow = 192.168.1. 192.168.99.

        # Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd
        # otherwise the user "nobody" is used
        ;guest account = pcguest
announce as = NT Workstation
announce version = 4.0

        # this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
        # that connects
        log file = /var/log/sambalogsucks.log

        # How much information do you want to see in the logs?
        # default is only to log critical messages
        log level = 3

        # Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
        max log size = 50000

        # Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
        # security_level.txt for details.
        security = share

        # Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
        # on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
        # of the machine that is connecting.
        # Note: Consider carefully the location in the configuration file of
        #       this line.  The included file is read at that point.
        ;   include = /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf.%m

        # Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
        # See speed.txt and the manual pages for details
        # You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
        #         SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
        ; socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192

        # Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
        # If you have multiple network interfaces and want to limit smbd will
        # use, list the ones desired here.  Otherwise smbd & nmbd will bind to all
        # active interfaces on the system.  See the man page for details.
        ;   interfaces =

        # Should smbd report that it has MS-DFS Capabilities? Only available
        # if --with-msdfs was passed to ./configure
        ; host msdfs = yes

## Network Browsing
        # set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
        # browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
        ; local master = no

        # OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
        # elections. The default value (20) should be reasonable
         os level = 1

        # Domain Master spe/anncifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
        # allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
        # if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
         domain master = no

        # Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup
        # and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
         preferred master = no

## WINS & Name Resolution
        # Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
        # WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
        wins support = no

        # WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
        #       Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
        ; wins server = w.x.y.z

        # WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
        # behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
        # at least one  WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
        ; wins proxy = yes

        # DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
        # via DNS nslookups.
        dns proxy = no

## Passwords & Authentication
        # Use password server option only with security = server
        # The argument list may include:
        #   password server = My_PDC_Name [My_BDC_Name] [My_Next_BDC_Name]
        # or to auto-locate the domain controller/s
        ;   password server = *
        ;   password server = <NT-Server-Name>

        # You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
        # ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.
        # Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents
        ;  encrypt passwords = yes

        # Should smbd obey the session and account lines in /etc/pam.d/samba ?
        # only available if --with-pam was used at compile time
        ; obey pam restrictions = yes

        # When using encrypted passwords, Samba can synchronize the local
        # UNIX password as well.  You will also need the "passwd chat" parameters
        ; unix password sync = yes

        # how should smbd talk to the local system when changing a UNIX
        # password?  See smb.conf(5) for details
        ; passwd chat = <custom chat string>

        # This is only available if you compiled Samba to include --with-pam
        # Use PAM for changing the password
        ; pam password change = yes

## Domain Control
        # Enable this if you want Samba act as a domain controller.
        # make sure you have read the Samba-PDC-HOWTO included in the documentation
        # before enabling this parameter
        ;   domain logons = yes

        # if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or
        # per user logon script
        # run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
        ; logon script = %m.bat
        # run a specific logon batch file per username
        ; logon script = %U.bat

        # Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)
        #        %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username
        #        You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
        ; logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

        # UNC path specifying the network location of the user's home directory
        # only used when acting as a DC for WinNT/2k/XP.  Ignored by Win9x clients
        ; logon home = \\%L\%U

        # What drive should the "logon home" be mounted at upon login ?
        # only used when acting as a DC for WinNT/2k/XP.  Ignored by Win9x clients
        ; logon drive = H:

## Printing

        # If you want to automatically load your printer list rather
        # than setting them up individually then you'll need this
        load printers = yes

        # you may wish to override the location of the printcap file
        ; printcap name = /etc/printcap

        # on SystemV system setting printcap name to lpstat should allow
        # you to automatically obtain a printer list from the SystemV spool
        # system
        ; printcap name = lpstat

        # It should not be necessary to specify the print system type unless
        # it is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:
        # bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx
        ; printing = bsd

        # Enable this to make Samba 2.2 behavior just like Samba 2.0
        # not recommended nuless you are sure of what you are doing
        ; disable spoolss = yes

        # list of users and groups which should be able to remotely manage
        # printer drivers installed on the server

;printer admin = root, +ntadmin

## Winbind

        # specify the uid range which can be used by winbindd
        # to allocate uids for Windows users as necessary
        ; winbind uid = 10000-65000

        # specify the uid range which can be used by winbindd
        # to allocate uids for Windows users as necessary
        ; winbind gid = 10000-65000

        # Define a home directory to be given to passwd(5) style entries
        # generated by libnss_winbind.so.  You can use variables here
        ; winbind template homedir = /home/%D/%U

        # Specify a shell for all winbind user entries return by the
        # libnss_winbind.so library.
        ; winbind template shell = /bin/sh

        # What character should be used to separate the DOMAIN and Username
        # for a Windows user.  The default is DOMAIN\user, but many people
        # prefer DOMAIN+user
        ; winbind separator = +

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================
;     comment = Home Directories
;     browseable = yes
;     writable = yes
;     valid users = %S

# Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons
; [netlogon]
;    comment = Network Logon Service
;    path = /usr/local/samba/lib/netlogon
;    guest ok = yes
;    writable = no
;    share modes = no

# Un-comment the following to provide a specific roving profile share
# the default is to use the user's home directory
;    path = /usr/local/samba/profiles
;    browseable = no
;    guest ok = yes

# NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is no need to
# specifically define each individual printer
;   comment = All Printers
;   path = /usr/spool/samba
;   browseable = no
;   # Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to print
;   public = yes
;   guest ok = yes
;   writable = no
;   printable = yes
;use client driver = Yes

   comment = All Printers
   path = /var/spool/samba
   show add printer wizard = yes
   browseable = yes
# Set public = yes to allow user 'guest account' to print
   guest ok = yes
   writable = yes
   printable = yes
   public = yes
;use client driver = Yes

# This one is useful for people to share files
   comment = Temporary file space
   path = /tmp
   read only = no
   public = yes
   guest ok = yes
   writable = yes

# MS-DFS support is only available if Samba was compiled to
# include --with-msdfs
;   dfs root = yes

# A publicly accessible directory, but read only, except for people in
# the "staff" group
;   comment = Public Stuff
;   path = /home/samba
;   public = yes
;   writable = yes
;   printable = no
;   write list = @staff

## Other examples.

# A private printer, usable only by fred. Spool data will be placed in fred's
# home directory. Note that fred must have write access to the spool directory,
# wherever it is.
#   comment = Fred's Printer
#   valid users = fred
#   path = /homes/fred
#   printer = freds_printer
#   public = no
#   writable = no
#   printable = yes

# A private directory, usable only by fred. Note that fred requires write
# access to the directory.
#   comment = Fred's Service
#   path = /usr/somewhere/private
#   valid users = fred
#   public = no
#   writable = yes
#   printable = no

# a service which has a different directory for each machine that connects
# this allows you to tailor configurations to incoming machines. You could
# also use the %U option to tailor it by user name.
# The %m gets replaced with the machine name that is connecting.
#  comment = PC Directories
#  path = /usr/pc/%m
#  public = no
#  writable = yes

# A publicly accessible directory, read/write to all users. Note that all files
# created in the directory by users will be owned by the default user, so
# any user with access can delete any other user's files. Obviously this
# directory must be writable by the default user. Another user could of course
# be specified, in which case all files would be owned by that user instead.
#   path = /usr/somewhere/else/public
#   public = yes
#   only guest = yes
#   writable = yes
#   printable = no

# The following two entries demonstrate how to share a directory so that two
# users can place files there that will be owned by the specific users. In this
# setup, the directory should be writable by both users and should have the
# sticky bit set on it to prevent abuse. Obviously this could be extended to
# as many users as required.
#   comment = Mary's and Fred's stuff
#   path = /usr/somewhere/shared
#   valid users = mary fred
#   public = no
#   writable = yes
#   printable = no
#   create mask = 0765

Question by:aot2002
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Gabriel Orozco earned 2000 total points
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In [General] Section, Printers, I would

## Printing

        load printers = yes
        path = /var/spool/lpd
        printing = cups
        #printcap name = lpstat
        printcap name = cups
        show add printer wizard = No

then add explicity the printer:

[hp1200] # the name is arbitrary, but should be consistent throughout
         # Samba and CUPS!
        comment = HP LaserJet 1200 Network Printer
        printable = yes
        path = /var/spool/samba
        public = yes
        guest ok = yes
        force create mode = 760
        force group = nogroup
        printer admin = gabriel, root

note I'm using cups. this allow me to add the printer using cups and name it "hp1200". it's quite straighforward to use.

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