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Win2k, Samba, cups and printers


I've checked the archives and seen plenty of people having trouble printing through Samba, but I've found none with the problem I'm having.

Here's the scenario: I've installed my Epson Stylus Color 880 using CUPS. I can print fine from the linux box. When I setup the printer in Samba, I can SEE the printer and from my Windows 2000 Pro SP1 box, I can connect the printer. HOWEVER, when I open up the Printer area in Win2k and click on the network printer, I get the error message "access denied, unable to connect." Also, the "path" that is defined in the print areas is chmod'ed to 777.

I can see other Samba share directories on the server and access them just fine. Pasted at the end of this message is my smb.conf file. I REALLY appreciate any help. If you have an alternative way to share printers, I'm all ears. Thanks.

Ryan Hagan
Pacificom Multimedia

; /etc/samba/smb.conf
; Sample configuration file for the Samba suite for Debian GNU/Linux
; Please see the manual page for smb.conf for detailed description of
;       every parameter.

   printing = bsd
   printcap name = /etc/printcap.cups
   load printers = yes
   guest account = nobody
   invalid users = root

; "security = user" is always a good idea. This will require a Unix account
;       in this server for every user accessing the server.
   security = user

; Change this for the workgroup your Samba server will part of
   workgroup = PACCOM

   server string = %h server (Samba %v)

; If you want Samba to log though syslog only then set the following
;       parameter to 'yes'. Please note that logging through syslog in
;       Samba is still experimental.
   syslog only = no

; We want Samba to log a minimum amount of information to syslog. Everything
;       should go to /var/log/{smb,nmb} instead. If you want to log through
;       syslog you should set the following parameter to something higher.
   syslog = 0;

; This socket options really speed up Samba under Linux, according to my
;       own tests.

; Passwords are encrypted by default. This way the latest Windows 95 and NT
;       clients can connect to the Samba server with no problems.
   encrypt passwords = yes
   smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd

; It's always a good idea to use a WINS server. If you want this server
;       to be the WINS server for your network change the following parameter
;       to "yes". Otherwise leave it as "no" and specify your WINS server
;       below (note: only one Samba server can be the WINS server).
;       Read BROWSING.txt for more details.
   wins support = no

; If this server is not the WINS server then specify who is it and uncomment
;       next line.
;   wins server =

; Please read BROWSING.txt and set the next four parameters according
;       to your network setup. There is no valid default so they are commented
;       out.
;   os level = 0
;   domain master = no
;   local master = no
;   preferred master = no

; What naming service and in what order should we use to resolve host names
;       to IP addresses
   name resolve order = lmhosts host wins bcast

; This will prevent nmbd to search for NetBIOS names through DNS.
   dns proxy = no

; Name mangling options

   preserve case = yes
   short preserve case = yes

; This boolean parameter controlls whether Samba attempts to sync. the Unix
;       password with the SMB password when the encrypted SMB password in the
;       /etc/samba/smbpasswd file is changed.
   unix password sync = false

; For Unix password sync. to work on a Debian GNU/Linux system, the following
;       parameters must be set (thanks to Augustin Luton
;       <aluton@hybrigenics.fr> for sending the correct chat script for
;       the passwd program in Debian Potato).
   passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n .

; The following parameter is useful only if you have the linpopup package
;       installed. The samba maintainer and the linpopup maintainer are
;       working to ease installation and configuration of linpopup and samba.
;   message command = /bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/linpopup "%f" "%m" %s; rm %s' &

; The default maximum log file size is 5 MBytes. That's too big so this
;       next parameter sets it to 1 MByte. Currently, Samba rotates log
; files (/var/log/{smb,nmb} in Debian) when these files reach 1000 KBytes.
;       A better solution would be to have Samba rotate the log file upon
;       reception of a signal, but for now on, we have to live with this.
   max log size = 1000

   obey pam restrictions = yes

   interfaces = eth1

   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = no

; By default, the home directories are exported read only. Change next
;       parameter to "no" if you want to be able to write to them.
   read only = yes

; File creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
;       create files with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
   create mask = 0775

; Directory creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
;       create dirs. with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
   directory mask = 0775

   comment = 1st Share Directory
   browseable = yes
   read only = no
   path = /home/samba/workarea1
   public = yes
   writable = yes
   create mask = 0775

   comment = All Printers
   browseable = no
   path = /var/spool/cups/tmp/
   printable = yes
   public = yes
   writable = no
   create mode = 0700

   comment = Epson Stylus Color 880
   path = /var/spool/cups/tmp/
   writable = yes
   printable = yes
   printer name = EpsonInk

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