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Old 12-04-2003, 10:27 PM   #1
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samba client Access denied unable to connect

Apologies if this is an old chestnut, but I've seen identical queries all over the linux groups on google, and no workaround.


Win2K/XP samba clients can submit print jobs to printer on samba server(and they print), but dbl click on the samba printer or "see whats printing" gives the titlebar message:

[printername] on [servername] Access denied, unable to connect.

you cant cancel jobs, etc

This drove me bonkers until I cranked up logging to level 3 and RTFM (man smb.conf)
.. the OpenPrint_erEx() call will fail. The result is that the
client will now display an "Access Denied; Unable
to connect" message in the printer queue window
(even though jobs may successfully be printed).

This is the "use client driver" section. And it applies in my case where I have a winXPhome
connecting to a laser printer on the samba box.

I'm not doing the [print$] share and installing all the drivers on the samba box (yet). This is well worth it but some other time.

to repeat, setting up [print$] is The Right Way To Do It.

Horrid Hack Answer: "use client driver = yes" see below

I dont want samba to grab everything in /etc/printcap, thus

load printers = no

The printer SHARE name is "Panasonic", the entry in /etc/printcap is KXP6500 and its
set as a "raw" queue as it gets the preprocessed bytestream from the samba client.
The spool file is /var/lpd/samba as its lprng's job to take the file from here and
shovel it into the /var/spool/lpd/KXP6500 queue


browsable = yes
printable = yes
printing = lprng
printer = KXP6500
print command = /usr/bin/lpr -b -P%p -r %s
lpq command = /usr/bin/lpq -P%p
lprm command = /usr/bin/lprm -P%p %j
path = /var/spool/samba
min print space = 2000
# CAUTION! this does not apply to win95/98/ME
# it tells winNT/2K/XP clients to use a local
# printer driver
# stops the "acess denied" in windows when trying to view
# print queue
use client driver = yes

nb, perms, owner, group, for /var/spool/samba are drwxrwxrwt root root

Hey presto! I can examine the queue, suspend, restart, cancel print jobs etc.

setting "done_jobs=0" in lpd.conf will get rid of the long list of completed jobs
that windows will display for days afterwards.

Hope this helps

Last edited by Systest7; 12-06-2003 at 12:45 AM.
Old 03-14-2004, 08:46 PM   #2
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awesome post.. I appreciate you posting this.. lucky for me it was the first thing i found and it fixed my issue quickly!
Old 06-01-2004, 08:26 PM   #3
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thanks a lot man.... It's always great to have someone share the good stuff with the rest of us mere mortals
Old 06-13-2004, 08:35 PM   #4
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Thumbs up

If you are using CUPS, you still need to put "use client driver = yes" in the smb.conf [printer] section to get rid of that Windows message.
Old 09-26-2006, 05:36 PM   #5
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Works perfect!

This worked perfectly for me. Thanks.
Old 03-23-2007, 02:54 AM   #6
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You have solved 2 years of trying to explain to Windows users that they can still print, even though it says "accessed denied"

Thank you...!!! :-)
Old 05-22-2007, 04:44 PM   #7
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Posted in 2003, still useful (for me and the others) in 2007. NICE!
Old 08-07-2007, 01:41 PM   #8
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Does anyone know how to get a WinXP machine in a network with a Samba PDC to install the XP printer drivers to the samba share listed in the smb.conf file? The reason to do this is so that others can add the networked printer to their profile view \\Server\printername.
Old 02-06-2009, 03:45 PM   #9
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2009 and still helpful!

This has been bugging me! 2009 and still helpful! Thanks again!
Old 10-17-2009, 07:33 AM   #10
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that error message is also gone now in Vista.........great solution...
Old 07-27-2010, 01:43 PM   #11
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Smile 2010 and still usefull.

This had been an itch needing scratching for me for a long while.

Good post.
Old 12-12-2010, 08:45 PM   #12
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Thank you!!! This has bothered me for a couple of years! The 'use client driver = yes' worked perfectly.


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