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From: Mick <michaelkintzios@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] cups configuration for "dummies"
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 14:59:49
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] cups configuration for "dummies" by Helmut Jarausch
1 On Tuesday 16 Aug 2011 12:50:55 Helmut Jarausch wrote:
2 > Hi,
3 >
4 > I've installed a GenToo system on the PC of a friend which doesn't know
5 > the internals of Linux (GenToo).
6 >
7 > At home he has a local network with a printer (probably managed by a
8 > Window system).
9 >
10 > Is there an easy means to configure CUPS on his system to find that
11 > printer?
12 >
13 > Many thanks for a hint,
14 > Helmut.
16 Without a topology of your friend's machines I can only suggest options:
18 1. He could use the MSWindows box as a server, with the printer connected to
19 it via a parallel port or USB. The Linux is a client. Go to MSWindows
20 Control Panel/Add-Remove Windows Components/"Other Network File and Print
21 Services", then Details and select "Print Services for Unix". Then go to
22 Printers and Faxes and right click to share the printer, giving it a name.
23 Thereafter configure your Linux CUPS printer and point it to
24 lpd://<MSWindows_IP>. Make sure that the MSWindows box allows connections
25 through its firewall from your Linux box. Things may be called differently on
26 a Vista/W7 GUI, you'll need to follow your nose.
28 You could do this using Samba on the Linux machine, but it is not necessary
29 and a time waste to set up and troubleshoot separately, without having to
30 wonder why the printer does not work.
33 2. He could use the Linux box as a print server, and MSWindows as the client.
34 Walk through the cups configuration to allow the MSWindows machine to access
35 the Linux box and of course let it through the firewall (if one is running).
36 Also you would need to set up cups mime configuration to accept Windows PCL
37 drivers as detailed here:
41 You could also do this using samba, but the above caveats apply. However, if
42 he is going to use samba for file sharing between the two machines, then it
43 follows using it for printing too.
45 HTH.
46 --
47 Regards,
48 Mick


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