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I learned how to share printers with cups

Posted 03-17-2009 at 08:39 PM by xri
Tags cups, nfs, printer, share

Once I started learning NFS, I initially assumed that it is a Unix only version of Samba. I thought that it would obviously include sharing printers too. However, I was wrong. While Samba allows you to share printers, NFS can't. However, there is a simpler method. CUPS allows you to share printers with all your the Linux computers on your network, through a web interface. It is extremely simple and works right out of the box.
I just used my web browser pointed at http://localhost:631 on the server, to share the printer. Then, on all the other computers you just choose http://server-name:631 and choose the printer. I did not run into important problems but, just in case, there is enough documentation on the same web interface and of course, online.
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