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OK, since I can't get anything to print on my linux server from windows through samba with cups running I've finally reached the conclusion that cups and samba just don't play well together. What steps do I have to go through to get rid of cups and get standard UNIX through lp up.
Samba version 3.0.4 under Fedora Core1. I tried it as it came from the setup then modified the settings according to the cups web site. This involved adding some settings, nothing worked. As you say it may be a bit fiddly to set up, but I think another term for that is not ready for prime time. I think it's unfortunate that they include packages like Cups with no warning that it's difficult to set up and doesn't work well. Oh well, live and learn.
Once I get rid of cups how do I go back to straight lp printing? Will it do that automatically or do I have to reinstall?
The only thing I found "fiddly" was that the syntax for the smb:// command was not clearly defined in the CUPS web manager, so I had to figure it out myself, and also CUPS doesn't really document the settings that must be present on the Windows end (such as admin privileges for the user trying to connect to the share, at least under Win 2K), so I had to figure that out myself too.
Unfortunately, since I've always used CUPS and have it working properly, I have no idea how to set up lp printing (never used it). Hopefully someone who does will come along.