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Old 01-28-2005, 09:11 PM   #1
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Samba Printer Sharing Problem

Hi guys,

I'm trying to share a USB printer connected to my PC (HP DeskJet 5740) with the other Linux computers in my network. My problem is that the other Linux computers in my network cant see this shared printer in order for them to add it.

Is there any known problem with sharing USB printers using Samba?

I'm using the following system:
Linux kernel
Mandrake 10.1 PowerPack+

This is my smb.conf:

# Global parameters
workgroup = XXXXXXXXX
netbios name = XXXXXX
printcap name = cups
load printers = yes
printing = cups
server string = Samba Server %v
interfaces =
map to guest = Bad User
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd '%u'
passwd chat = *New*UNIX*password* %n\n *Re*ype*new*UNIX*password* %n\n *passwd:*all*authentication*tokens*updated*successfully*
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
password level = 8
username level = 8
unix password sync = Yes
log level = 3
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
os level = 33
preferred master = Yes
domain master = Yes
dns proxy = No
remote announce =
printer admin = @adm xxx, xxx, xxx
hosts allow =,
case sensitive = No

comment = Home Directories
read only = No
writable = yes

comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
browseable = yes
create mode = 0700
guest ok = Yes
public = yes
printable = Yes
print command = lpr-cups -P %p -o raw %s -r # using client side printer drivers.
use client driver = Yes

Old 01-31-2005, 12:43 AM   #2
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Has anyone been able share a USB printer connected to a Linux box using Samba?
Old 02-02-2005, 08:44 AM   #3
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Yes. But printing linux-linux is done on cups. We only use the samba printer to share with windows.

As far as I can tell, if you can print locally, then samba should share it...

try changing the printer setting 'browseable = no'.


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Old 02-02-2005, 09:04 AM   #4
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If you want to share a printer on a linux box with other linux boxes use cups and forget samba.

Make sure that cups is configured to run on boot and is running.

In konqueror http://localhost:631

This will connect you to a cups config web interface.
From here you can 'share the printer'

If cups is running on the other linux boxes it should automatically 'pick up' the printer.

If not do, the above and add the que.

Have a look here
Old 02-03-2005, 01:40 AM   #5
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Thanks wolfson and james.

I'll try to share the printer using cups.


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