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Samba HowTo Guide
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Simple Print Configuration

Simple Configuration with BSD Printing shows a simple printing configuration. If you compare this with your own, you may find additional parameters that have been preconfigured by your OS vendor. Following is a discussion and explanation of the parameters. This example does not use many parameters. However, in many environments these are enough to provide a valid smb.conf file that enables all clients to print.

Example20.1.Simple Configuration with BSD Printing

[global]
printing = bsd
load printers = yes
[printers]
path = /var/spool/samba
printable = yes
public = yes
writable = no

This is only an example configuration. Samba assigns default values to all configuration parameters. The defaults are conservative and sensible. When a parameter is specified in the smb.conf file, this overwrites the default value. The testparm utility when run as root is capable of reporting all settings, both default as well as smb.conf file settings. Testparm gives warnings for all misconfigured settings. The complete output is easily 360 lines and more, so you may want to pipe it through a pager program.

The syntax for the configuration file is easy to grasp. You should know that is not very picky about its syntax. As has been explained elsewhere in this book, Samba tolerates some spelling errors (such as browseable instead of browsable), and spelling is case-insensitive. It is permissible to use Yes/No or True/False for Boolean settings. Lists of names may be separated by commas, spaces, or tabs.

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