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beowulf405 06-29-2004 09:49 PM

Cups elimination
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.

dalek 06-30-2004 02:53 AM


/etc/init.d/cupsd stop
/etc/init.d/<whatever samba is called> stop

That will stop those servers. You also need to remove them from the runlevels so they won't start next time you boot.

I have read where people use samba to print all the time. You have a setting or something wrong there. I don't know how to fix it but I bet it would work.

Hope that helps.

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motub 06-30-2004 06:16 AM

I use Samba to print to the HP840C connected to my boyfriend's Win2K machine, and (while a bit fiddly to set up), it does work fine.

I'd be interested to know what version of Samba is in question, and how you are setting it up as well.

beowulf405 06-30-2004 08:19 PM

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?

motub 06-30-2004 08:27 PM

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.

dalek 06-30-2004 09:16 PM

I think when you stop cups, it will go back to lp printing. I'm not sure how the drivers will work since most drivers work with cups. May not work without cups. :scratch:

I would do more research, start a thread looking for help with the problem myself. It has been done so it is doable. May even find someone with the same setup that will share their config files.


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