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Old 02-17-2005, 01:26 AM   #1
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Windows Apps freeze when printing to network samba + cups printer

Basically what I am trying to achieve is a shared printer. It's an Old HP Officejet V40 set up with CUPS (which I won't go into, because it prints test pages from cups admin fine.) Then I have samba set up to share the printer, like so :

comment = All Printers
browseable = yes
path = /var/spool/samba
printable = yes
public = yes
guest ok = yes
writable = no
create mode = 0700
printer admin = root

The strange part is, it was working this morning. Then I tripped over the power cable, and it hasn't worked since. Now, when it happened, my first thought was, maybe it was the last line I changed, which was 'use client driver = yes' however, I still see the effect with it both on and off. One interesting thing is, without this, the printer in windows reports 'access denied' (which is what it was doing this moring, when it was printing fine) but with it, the printer in windows reports 'ready'

Now, every time I try and print, the application trying to print just hangs. It doesn't matter what it is (Seen it so far with OO.o 1.1 for windows, Adobe PDF reader 5, notepad and the Print test page in the printer properties)

Any ideas on what is doing this? It's really annoying now.
Old 02-17-2005, 06:38 PM   #2
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I'm going to post the solution to this (Which I found with the help of 'TheBonsai' in the samba IRC Channel)

After checking my samba logs (/var/log/samba/<machine_name>.log) I saw these lines :
[2005/02/18 09:52:40, 1] smbd/service.c:make_connection_snum(648)
new ( connect to service HP initially as user nobody (uid=65534, gid=65534) (pid 9672)
[2005/02/18 09:52:40, 0] tdb/tdbutil.c:tdb_log(725)
tdb(/var/cache/samba/printing/HP.tdb): rec_free_read bad magic 0x42424242 at offset=25564
[2005/02/18 09:53:35, 1] smbd/service.c:close_cnum(836)

That means your /var/cache/samba/printing/HP.tdb file is corrupt, and you need to remove it (delete or move) and restart samba. That will fix the issue. (Please note that HP isn't just 2 random letters, it's the name of the printer)


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