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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    London, England.
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    SAMBA Printing


    I'm struggling with a slightly odd error message I am seeing when I try to print a document via Samba.

    The general configuration is that I have a desktop machine with a printer attached. This printer is shared via samba.

    On the same network (wirelessly) are two laptops. One of these can connect to the desktop printer without any problems, and prints fine. The other laptop can (apparently) see the printer, can select it from the list and see the details of the printer, but if you try and print to it you get the error message "Idle - Can't load /etc/samba/smb.conf - run testparm to debug it". (Screenshot below.) This is despite the two laptops apparently being configured identically on Samba.

    Now, given that I can print fine from one laptop to the desktop, but not from the other laptop to the desktop, I am assuming that the problem is in the laptop. And also that the "Can't load smb.conf" error message is suggesting that the laptop can't see the smb.conf file on the desktop. is this correct?

    I should also add that the desktop also shares some shared drives, to both laptops, and these work fine.

    I've copied the smb.conf file from the desktop at the end of this message.

    All the machines are running Ubuntu 11.04.

    So, my question is how to resolve this issue, with one computer apparently not being able to see the smb.conf file on the printer server?

    All help welcomed - thank you.


    # Sample configuration file for the Samba suite for Debian GNU/Linux.
    # This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the
    # smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed
    # here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options most of which 
    # are not shown in this example
    # Some options that are often worth tuning have been included as
    # commented-out examples in this file.
    #  - When such options are commented with ";", the proposed setting
    #    differs from the default Samba behaviour
    #  - When commented with "#", the proposed setting is the default
    #    behaviour of Samba but the option is considered important
    #    enough to be mentioned here
    # NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command
    # "testparm" to check that you have not made any basic syntactic 
    # errors. 
    # A well-established practice is to name the original file
    # "smb.conf.master" and create the "real" config file with
    # testparm -s smb.conf.master >smb.conf
    # This minimizes the size of the really used smb.conf file
    # which, according to the Samba Team, impacts performance
    # However, use this with caution if your smb.conf file contains nested
    # "include" statements. See Debian bug #483187 for a case
    # where using a master file is not a good idea.
    #======================= Global Settings =======================
    ## Browsing/Identification ###
    # Change this to the workgroup/NT-domain name your Samba server will part of
    	workgroup = dgcnet
    # server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
    	server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
    # Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
    # WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable its WINS Server
    #   wins support = no
    # 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 both
    ;   wins server = w.x.y.z
    # This will prevent nmbd to search for NetBIOS names through DNS.
    	dns proxy = 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
    #### Networking ####
    # The specific set of interfaces / networks to bind to
    # This can be either the interface name or an IP address/netmask;
    # interface names are normally preferred
    ;   interfaces = eth0
    # Only bind to the named interfaces and/or networks; you must use the
    # 'interfaces' option above to use this.
    # It is recommended that you enable this feature if your Samba machine is
    # not protected by a firewall or is a firewall itself.  However, this
    # option cannot handle dynamic or non-broadcast interfaces correctly.
    ;   bind interfaces only = yes
    #### Debugging/Accounting ####
    # This tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
    # that connects
    	log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    # Cap the size of the individual log files (in KiB).
    	max log size = 1000
    # If you want Samba to only log through syslog then set the following
    # parameter to 'yes'.
    #   syslog only = no
    # We want Samba to log a minimum amount of information to syslog. Everything
    # should go to /var/log/samba/log.{smbd,nmbd} instead. If you want to log
    # through syslog you should set the following parameter to something higher.
    	syslog = 0
    # Do something sensible when Samba crashes: mail the admin a backtrace
    	panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
    ####### Authentication #######
    # "security = user" is always a good idea. This will require a Unix account
    # in this server for every user accessing the server. See
    # /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/Samba3-HOWTO/ServerType.html
    # in the samba-doc package for details.
    	security = user
    	username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
    # You may wish to use password encryption.  See the section on
    # 'encrypt passwords' in the smb.conf(5) manpage before enabling.
    ;	encrypt passwords = yes
    # If you are using encrypted passwords, Samba will need to know what
    # password database type you are using.  
    ;	passdb backend = tdbsam
    	obey pam restrictions = yes
    # This boolean parameter controls whether Samba attempts to sync the Unix
    # password with the SMB password when the encrypted SMB password in the
    # passdb is changed.
    	unix password sync = yes
    # For Unix password sync to work on a Debian GNU/Linux system, the following
    # parameters must be set (thanks to Ian Kahan <<> for
    # sending the correct chat script for the passwd program in Debian Sarge).
    	passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
    	passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
    # This boolean controls whether PAM will be used for password changes
    # when requested by an SMB client instead of the program listed in
    # 'passwd program'. The default is 'no'.
    	pam password change = yes
    # This option controls how unsuccessful authentication attempts are mapped
    # to anonymous connections
    	map to guest = bad user
    ########## Domains ###########
    # Is this machine able to authenticate users. Both PDC and BDC
    # must have this setting enabled. If you are the BDC you must
    # change the 'domain master' setting to no
    ;   domain logons = yes
    # The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set
    # It specifies the location of the user's profile directory
    # from the client point of view)
    # The following required a [profiles] share to be setup on the
    # samba server (see below)
    ;   logon path = \\%N\profiles\%U
    # Another common choice is storing the profile in the user's home directory
    # (this is Samba's default)
    #   logon path = \\%N\%U\profile
    # The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set
    # It specifies the location of a user's home directory (from the client
    # point of view)
    ;   logon drive = H:
    #   logon home = \\%N\%U
    # The following setting only takes effect if 'domain logons' is set
    # It specifies the script to run during logon. The script must be stored
    # in the [netlogon] share
    # NOTE: Must be store in 'DOS' file format convention
    ;   logon script = logon.cmd
    # This allows Unix users to be created on the domain controller via the SAMR
    # RPC pipe.  The example command creates a user account with a disabled Unix
    # password; please adapt to your needs
    ; add user script = /usr/sbin/adduser --quiet --disabled-password --gecos "" %u
    # This allows machine accounts to be created on the domain controller via the 
    # SAMR RPC pipe.  
    # The following assumes a "machines" group exists on the system
    ; add machine script  = /usr/sbin/useradd -g machines -c "%u machine account" -d /var/lib/samba -s /bin/false %u
    # This allows Unix groups to be created on the domain controller via the SAMR
    # RPC pipe.  
    ; add group script = /usr/sbin/addgroup --force-badname %g
    ########## Printing ##########
    # If you want to automatically load your printer list rather
    # than setting them up individually then you'll need this
       load printers = yes
    # lpr(ng) printing. You may wish to override the location of the
    # printcap file
    ;   printing = bsd
    ;   printcap name = /etc/printcap
    # CUPS printing.  See also the cupsaddsmb(8) manpage in the
    # cupsys-client package.
    	printing = cups
       printcap name = cups
    ############ Misc ############
    # 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 = /home/samba/etc/smb.conf.%m
    # Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
    # See smb.conf(5) and /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/Samba3-HOWTO/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
    # 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' &
    # Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. If this
    # machine will be configured as a BDC (a secondary logon server), you
    # must set this to 'no'; otherwise, the default behavior is recommended.
    #   domain master = auto
    # Some defaults for winbind (make sure you're not using the ranges
    # for something else.)
    ;   idmap uid = 10000-20000
    ;   idmap gid = 10000-20000
    ;   template shell = /bin/bash
    # The following was the default behaviour in sarge,
    # but samba upstream reverted the default because it might induce
    # performance issues in large organizations.
    # See Debian bug #368251 for some of the consequences of *not*
    # having this setting and smb.conf(5) for details.
    ;   winbind enum groups = yes
    ;   winbind enum users = yes
    # Setup usershare options to enable non-root users to share folders
    # with the net usershare command.
    # Maximum number of usershare. 0 (default) means that usershare is disabled.
    ;	usershare max shares = 100
    # Allow users who've been granted usershare privileges to create
    # public shares, not just authenticated ones
    	usershare allow guests = yes
    	username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
    ;	guest ok = no
    ;	guest account = nobody
    #======================= Share Definitions =======================
    # Un-comment the following (and tweak the other settings below to suit)
    # to enable the default home directory shares. This will share each 
    # user's home director as \\server\username
    ;   comment = Home Directories
    ;   browseable = no
    # By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change the
    # 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 = 0700
    # 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 = 0700
    # By default, \\server\username shares can be connected to by anyone
    # with access to the samba server. Un-comment the following parameter
    # to make sure that only "username" can connect to \\server\username
    # The following parameter makes sure that only "username" can connect
    # This might need tweaking when using external authentication schemes
    ;   valid users = %S
    # Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons
    # (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)
    ;   comment = Network Logon Service
    ;   path = /home/samba/netlogon
    ;   guest ok = yes
    ;   read only = yes
    # Un-comment the following and create the profiles directory to store
    # users profiles (see the "logon path" option above)
    # (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)
    # The path below should be writable by all users so that their
    # profile directory may be created the first time they log on
    ;   comment = Users profiles
    ;   path = /home/samba/profiles
    ;   guest ok = no
    ;   browseable = no
    ;   create mask = 0600
    ;   directory mask = 0700
    	comment = All Printers
    	browseable = yes
    	path = /var/spool/samba
    	printable = yes
    	guest ok = yes
    ;	read only = yes
    	create mask = 0700
    # Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable
    # printer drivers
    	comment = Printer Drivers
    	path = /var/lib/samba/printers
    	browseable = yes
    	writeable = yes
    	guest ok = yes
    # Uncomment to allow remote administration of Windows print drivers.
    # You may need to replace 'lpadmin' with the name of the group your
    # admin users are members of.
    # Please note that you also need to set appropriate Unix permissions
    # to the drivers directory for these users to have write rights in it
    ;   write list = root, @lpadmin
    # A sample share for sharing your CD-ROM with others.
    	comment = Samba server's CD-ROM
    	read only = no
    	locking = no
    	path = /media/dvd
    	guest ok = yes
    	comment = Helena shared drive (EXT3)
    	writeable = yes
    	locking = no
    	path = /media/Helena
    ;	browseable = yes
    	valid users = cmp, ogp
    	comment = Ianthe shared drive (EXT3)
    	writeable = yes
    	locking = no
    	path = /media/Ianthe
    ;	browseable = yes
    	valid users = cmp, ogp
    	comment = Pharmacy shared drive (NTFS)
    	writeable = yes
    	locking = no
    	path = /media/Pharmacy
    ;	browseable = yes
    	valid users = cmp, ogp
    # The next two parameters show how to auto-mount a CD-ROM when the
    #	cdrom share is accesed. For this to work /etc/fstab must contain
    #	an entry like this:
    #       /dev/scd0   /cdrom  iso9660 defaults,noauto,ro,user   0 0
    # The CD-ROM gets unmounted automatically after the connection to the
    # If you don't want to use auto-mounting/unmounting make sure the CD
    #	is mounted on /cdrom
    #   preexec = /bin/mount /cdrom
    #   postexec = /bin/umount /cdrom

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012

    Re: SAMBA Printing

    this is just a suggestion
    did you try CUPS :
    on your borwser visit : http://localhost:631
    then go to Admin tab
    CUPS is the standards-based, open source printing system developed by Apple Inc. for Mac OS® X and other UNIX®-like operating systems.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Re: SAMBA Printing

    I do not believe that the client is trying to view the smb.conf of the server. It's trying to read it's own. Smb.conf not only controls how a server acts but also a client.

    Do what the error message suggests and run the following command on the client:
    testparm -s
    Having said all that remember that Samba is being used as a pass-through to CUPS which has it's own server. Since it's Linux - to - Linux you can bypass samba altogether and connect directly to CUPS as suggested above.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    London, England.
    Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: SAMBA Printing

    Thank you for your answers Ibrahim and Morbius. Sorry not to have come back to this earlier.

    Ibrahim - I am using Samba. I didn't know that CUPS was an option, but given that I will (potentially) be printing from an XP lappie then I'm happy to carry on with Samba. Thanks for the browser link to the CUPS interface - I didn't know that existed.

    Morbius, thanks. I didn't know that smb.conf controlled the way that a machine connects as a Samba client - I thought it only controlled the way that a Samba server shared drives and printers. If this is the case then which parts of smb.conf on the client are relevant?

    Your test was useful - thank you. The results from putting in testparm -s are thus:

    1. On the machine that WON'T print remotely:

    ogp@X61s:~$ testparm -s
    Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
    rlimit_max: increasing rlimit_max (1024) to minimum Windows limit (16384)
    params.c:OpenConfFile() - Unable to open configuration file "/etc/samba/smb.conf":
    	No such file or directory
    Error loading services.
    2. On the machine that WILL print remotely:

    ogp@x31:~$ testparm -s
    Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
    rlimit_max: increasing rlimit_max (1024) to minimum Windows limit (16384)
    Processing section "[printers]"
    Processing section "[print$]"
    Loaded services file OK.
    ERROR: lock directory /var/run/samba does not exist
    ERROR: pid directory /var/run/samba does not exist
    Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE
    	server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
    	map to guest = Bad User
    	obey pam restrictions = Yes
    	pam password change = Yes
    	passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
    	passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
    	unix password sync = Yes
    	syslog = 0
    	log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    	max log size = 1000
    	dns proxy = No
    	usershare allow guests = Yes
    	panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
    	comment = All Printers
    	path = /var/spool/samba
    	create mask = 0700
    	printable = Yes
    	browseable = No
    	comment = Printer Drivers
    	path = /var/lib/samba/printers
    It looks like this is the root of the problem; how do I go about solving it?

    Thanks again for your input.

    Last edited by zcacogp; February 10th, 2012 at 11:39 PM. Reason: Adding in results from second machine.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Re: SAMBA Printing

    On x61s:
    sudo apt-get install samba-common
    If it says it's already there then reinstall it:
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install samba-common
    On x31:
    Try starting samba first:
    sudo service smbd start
    If it tells you it's already started then restart it:
    sudo service smbd restart
    Then run testparm again and see it it still gives you an error.

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