cups + samba + Win98 on 4.9-RELEASE .. cant add printer on Win98

Marc Kelly marc at
Mon Dec 22 22:13:51 PST 2003


My response may be out of date by this point..  But, in response to:
the above entry, I've been able to successfully install & run cups on FreeBSD 
4.9.  But I did not use any o-matic stuff from  Initially, 
I could not add an Epson Stylus C84 to my lpt0 port.  But, I added my IP 
addresses to the <Location /> and <Location /admin> sections like:
Allow From
I chose the Epson Stylus C82, CUPS + Gimp-print v 4.2.5 driver.
After having added all my local IP addresses to be allowed, and after 
restarting cupsd, I could successfully add the printer to lpt0 parallel.  And 
printing works great from each of the KDE3 apps I tried.

My problem now is how to get cups, samba 2.2.8a, and my Win98 pc cooperating.  
The printer is attached to FreeBSD.  From Win98 I can map a network drive (in 
explorer) and use it.  If I open the Add Printer Wizard, I can browse my 
printer share (but only after having mapped a network drive with user/
password auth).  But Win98 chokes at the end with the following error 
message: "The printer could not be installed. Quit all programs, restart 
Windows, and then try again.  If the problem persists, contact your system 
administrator.  [OK]"  

at log level = 3, I really can't decipher if the problem is Samba or Win98..  
There's nothing in any of the log files to suggest Samba had a problem.  When 
I browse my printer share I can see the communication in the log file..

My smb.conf:


# logging level
   log level = 3

# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name, eg: REDHAT4
   workgroup = MANDK

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
   server string = Cadence

# This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict
# connections to machines which are on your local network. The
# following example restricts access to two C class networks and
# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see
# the smb.conf man page
;   hosts allow = 192.168.1. 192.168.2. 127.
   hosts allow = 192.168.1. 127.

# If you want to automatically load your printer list rather
# than setting them up individually then you'll need this
   load printers = yes

# you may wish to override the location of the printcap file
   printcap name = /etc/printcap

#printer driver file..  I want cups doing all printing
#   printer driver file =
# uncommenting the above causes a warning about deprecated option

# pid directory
   pid directory = /var/run/

# lock directory
   lock directory = /var/spool/lock/

# on SystemV system setting printcap name to lpstat should allow
# you to automatically obtain a printer list from the SystemV spool
# system
   printcap name = cups

# It should not be necessary to specify the print system type unless
# it is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:
# bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx
   printing = cups

# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd
# otherwise the user "nobody" is used
# lets use ftp as the guest account.  browsing the shares requiresa valid 
  guest account = ftp

# make guest ok to avoid password authentication from local net
;   guest account = ftp
;   guest ok = yes
;   guest only = yes

# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
;   log file = /var/log/log.%m
   log file = /var/log/samba.%m

# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
   max log size = 50

# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
# security_level.txt for details.
   security = user

# The passdb table new in samba 3.* ?
;   passdb backend = smbpasswd

# Use password server option only with security = server
# The argument list may include:
#   password server = My_PDC_Name [My_BDC_Name] [My_Next_BDC_Name]
# or to auto-locate the domain controller/s
#   password server = *
;   password server = <NT-Server-Name>

# Note: Do NOT use the now deprecated option of "domain controller"
# This option is no longer implemented.

# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.
# Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents
  encrypt passwords = yes

# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
;   include = /usr/local/etc/smb.conf.%m

# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See speed.txt and the manual pages for details
# You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
#         SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY

# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
# If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them
# here. See the man page for details.
;   interfaces =
   interfaces = sis0

# only bind the interfaces listed above
   bind interfaces only = yes

# no need to browse?
   browseable = yes

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
   local master = yes

# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
# elections. The default value should be reasonable
   os level = 33

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
   domain master = yes

# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup
# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
   preferred master = yes

# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for
# Windows95 workstations.
   domain logons = yes

# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or
# per user logon script
# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
;   logon script = %m.bat
# run a specific logon batch file per username
;   logon script = %U.bat

# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)
#        %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username
#        You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
;   logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
   wins support = yes

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
#       Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT 
;   wins server = w.x.y.z

# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
# at least one  WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
;   wins proxy = yes

# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions 1.9.17 is yes,
# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.
   dns proxy = no

# home dir template
   template homedir = /home/%U

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================
   comment = Home Directories
   # dont display homes in share list, but inherits browse ability from global
   browseable = no
   writeable = yes
   guest ok = no
   create mode = 0770
   directory mode = 0770
   read only = no
# Un-comment the following two lines to add a recycle bin facility to a samba 
# NOTE: It currently doesn't work with the [homes] virtual share, use a 
regular share instead
;  vfs object = /usr/local/lib/samba/
;  vfs options= /usr/local/etc/recycle.conf.default

# Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons
   comment = Network Logon Service
   path = /usr/local/samba/lib/netlogon
   guest ok = yes
   writeable = no
   share modes = no
   read only = yes

# Un-comment the following to provide a specific roving profile share
# the default is to use the user's home directory
    path = /usr/local/samba/profiles
    browseable = no
    guest ok = yes

# NOTE: If you have a BSD-style print system there is no need to
# specifically define each individual printer
   comment = All Printers
   path = /var/spool/samba
   browseable = Yes
   guest ok = yes
   writeable = no
   printable = yes

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