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Re: CUPS/Samba help please

On (13/07/05 07:24), Beretta wrote:
> I have a strange situation that I cannot figure out.
> When printing to an HP LaserJet 3550N printer via CUPS/Samba on a Sarge box
> _from_ a Windows XP box the bandwidth and CPU usage on the client (XP) machine
> is insane.
> The network usage applet (on the XP machine) will typically show 25% usage
> (100mbit LAN) and 100% CPU usage for 5-6 minutes and the XP box will basically
> freeze during that time.
> In contrast, when I print directly to the printer from Windows (it's a network
> printer) via a standard TCP/IP port, this doesn't happen. CPU usage might spike
> to 10% for 10-15 seconds or so, and network usage might register 25% for a few
> moments.
> In both operations I use the print drivers supplied by HP for this model
> printer.
> The easy solution is just to ditch CUPS for my printing, but I really like being
> able to go back and restart jobs regardless of which machine I'm currently
> using. I have quite a few documents that are printed regularly, and being able
> to sit down at any machine and restart the job via a web browser is very handy.
> I also have an HP LaserJet 4000N (black/white) printer on the network, and
> printing to it via CUPS also results in the same scenario, but not quite as
> pronounced.
> Also, it doesn't matter what program I am printing from, be it Photoshop,
> Acrobat, Word, Excel (although Excel is the worst) attempting to print from any
> of these applications gives the same insane CPU/Network usage.
> The print jobs always end up being printed but, needless to say, having to wait
> 5 mins between clicking print and my XP box "unfreezing" is not something I can
> live with.
> Anyone have some insight into this? Maybe you experienced something similar and
> can give me a few tips on how to resolve it?

In /etc/samba/smb.conf there is a setting:
# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See smb.conf(5) and /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/speed.html
# for details
# You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
#         SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY

You could try uncommenting the penultimate line.



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