Bug #20

users cannot print without logging into samba

Added by gmw over 13 years ago. Updated almost 10 years ago.

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I have two clients with Windows XP Home - they seem not to be able to print unless they are logged on to Samba (say via file access)

i.e. the user has to open

or any other share, then input the credentials (which XP home does not remember - has to be done every time).

after being logged in, then they can print.

this is very tedious and hard to explain to my wife/kids.

the settings should allow printing without logging in. here are the existing printer-related settings:


path = /var/lib/samba/drivers
read only = yes
force group = root
write list = @ntadmin root
force group = root
create mask = 0664
directory mask = 0775
guest ok = yes


path = /var/spool/samba
writeable = yes
browseable = yes
printable = yes
public = yes


#1 Updated by cpg over 13 years ago

  • Priority changed from Normal to High

#2 Updated by cpg over 13 years ago

  • Assignee changed from cpg to obnox

obnox, you proposed a solution to test for a fix for this. however, i don't see it here in the bug.

must have been in irc, but i don't see it in my notes. i do remember it was something simple.

please note it here and assign the issue back to me to try it.

#3 Updated by gmw about 13 years ago

  • Priority changed from High to Medium

#4 Updated by cpg about 13 years ago

this is becoming more of a problem.

here is my full samba config file:

it's quite reproducible ...

any update obnox?

#5 Updated by bigfoot65 almost 10 years ago

  • Priority changed from Medium to Normal

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