Bug 2803 - samba "printing only" does not work
samba "printing only" does not work
Product: Samba 3.0
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Printing
x86 Windows XP
: P3 major
: none
Assigned To: Gerald (Jerry) Carter
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Reported: 2005-06-16 03:03 UTC by GARAMSZEGI Karoly
Modified: 2005-07-04 08:59 UTC (History)
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Description GARAMSZEGI Karoly 2005-06-16 03:03:32 UTC
I had a correctly functioning Samba server with file and printer sharing
funciton. Now, I am moving away the file shares, and the Samba only serves print
services. Since then my users are unable to print from Adobe Acrobat Reader.
From Microsoft Word, the printing is working correctly.  

However, if the user previously has connected to a file share, then the printing
from Adobe Acrobat goes well. It is quite strange, that within specific
applications, the printing functions only, when there is a separate file share
connection. Maybe it is some kind of authentication problem?

The system is Debian unstable, with samba version 3.0.14a-Debian (package version)

Best Regards,

Comment 1 Gerald (Jerry) Carter 2005-06-16 09:39:54 UTC
Most likely, the client is not authenticating to the print 
server.  Are you logged onto the client using credentials 
that are valid on the Samba server?  

At this point, I really don't think this is a bug in Samba,
but rather a client issue.  But I'm open for discussion
if you can convince me otherwise with a network trace
or level 10 Samba debug logs.
Comment 2 GARAMSZEGI Karoly 2005-06-17 02:21:08 UTC
Yes, I have the same feelings. The login credentials are different on the local
machine from the Samba print servers.  The strange thing that some application
manage to authenticate. I am not sure, wheter is it a samba bug or an
interworking problem.

 What is the autentication method for printing? Is it possible for e.g the
Acrobat reader to authenticate before submitting the print job? Or is that some
kind of tweak that allows the MS Office suit to authenticate before printing?

 Is there a known workaround/solution to this?

Best Regards,

Comment 3 Gerald (Jerry) Carter 2005-07-04 08:59:49 UTC
You will have the same problems in a Windows only network.
Possible solutions are

(a) enable guest printing on the server
(b) synchronize the account names and passwords on the sambs 
servers with the ones use to logon to the windows clients.

Closing onw since this really isn't our bug.