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Old 09-18-2005, 08:36 AM   #1
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SUSE 9.3 Linux Laptop to Print on Linux Remote Machine -- How

How do I set up printing on my Laptop running SUSE 9.3 to a Desktop running SUSE 9.3 as well.

Linux (SAMBA) to Windows was no problem -- similarly Windows to Linux no problem --now I want Linux to Linux -- the printer is locally attached to a USB port on the Linux box and works fine locally --so no specific Printer Hardware problems.

I've been able to connect the Laptop to a Windows printer (via SAMBA) and a Windows machine has been able to print on a Linux printer -- but I'm 100% flumixed by trying to get the laptop to print on a remote Linux printer --who said Linux Networking was Easy.

Please in Simple English -- I don't need replies like go into //localhost:631 etc --done that and it doesn't tell me ANYTHING -- All the options look even more complicated than Chinese.

Here's the setup

Laptop redfox IP address connected on the LAN (wirelessly)

Desktop blackdog IP address Printer name remphoto1290

File sharing (NFS) is working fine so no specific Network connectivity problems either. I can see the Linux NFS shares and mounts from both systems on both machines.

( I haven't got a clue whether it's IPP/Lpring or what etc etc so clear English would be REALLY appreciated).

What do I do next. I've Googled all over the place --and all the replies seem either to e concerned with getting you to BUY some books or how to set up SAMBA. The only other vague answers have been a whole lot of LPRng commands which mean even less to me than a Chinese article.


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Old 09-18-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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actually suse help section covers the topic
check this topic on your suse:
Chapter 12. Printer Operation / 12.7. Special Features in SUSE LINUX
Old 09-18-2005, 10:34 PM   #3
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Yes it is possible to print Linux to Linux remotely. I've done it when I was using Mandrake 10.1 on two machines. The trick is to use CUPS and there is a KDE CUPS configuration that you set up. It's pretty straightforward as it is all graphical. I'm not in SuSE 9.3 right now (in Windows XP) so I can't walk you through it step-by-step. Next time I boot in to SuSE I'll give you the 1-2-3's of it, if I can get it to work in SuSE. lol

Can you report back and let us know how you're doing with this?
Old 09-19-2005, 04:15 AM   #4
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Originally posted by SlackerLX
actually suse help section covers the topic
check this topic on your suse:
Chapter 12. Printer Operation / 12.7. Special Features in SUSE LINUX
Thanks for the info -- but

I've read that several times and it is still as clear as mud to me -- it talks about Network / Printer severs which I assume means that the printer is attached on the network via a Network card -- this is not my case.

There's plenty of really basic documentation ("XXX for Dummies etc") but when you've passed that stage the documentation seems to switch immediately into "GURU" mode -- there really doesn't seem to be any "intermediate" next step stuff around after you've mastered the basics.

My Printer is Locally attached to the remote Linux machine via a USB port so any type of Scan for Host returns Nothing.

What I would like to know is

1) On the Client machine what options do I use in YAST for Add Printer

is it Print Via CUPS server
Print via LPD style Network server
(Print via SMB server is fine for connecting to Windows machines --that option works for printing on Windows boxes but I'm trying to print to a Linux box
Print via IPX server
Print directly to a network printer
Other kind of setup

YAST doesn't find anything when I browse for hosts on this Lan --even if I put an IP address in -- Ping works fine and NFS shares are working ( I can see NFS directories on the remote Linux Box).


2) On the remote box what do I need to set / change. Currently the printer is defined as a locally attached USB printer (which works fine)

Do I need to set up a Cups Server (tried but server says can't find any Broadcasts ???? what is this)

I'm sure it can't be THIS DIFFICULT.

The computers are connected via a router and the network connection seems fine

Would be really greatful for help on setting this up -- I'm sure it's really easy once it's done once but currently I'm totally confused.

On the Remote Box I've got a Local printer defined and it works perfectly.




Last edited by 1kyle; 09-19-2005 at 04:49 AM.
Old 09-20-2005, 11:02 PM   #5
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I have the same problem and I'm also looking for help.


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