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Understanding the rpcclient man Page

The exact format isn't made too clear by the man page, since you have to deal with some parameters containing spaces. Here is a better description for it. We have line-broken the command and indicated the breaks with “\”. Usually you would type the command in one line without the line breaks:

adddriver "Architecture" \
   "LongPrinterName:DriverFile:DataFile:ConfigFile:HelpFile:\
   LanguageMonitorFile:DataType:ListOfFiles,Comma-separated"

What the man pages denote as a simple <config> keyword in reality consists of eight colon-separated fields. The last field may take multiple (in some very insane cases, even 20 different additional) files. This might sound confusing at first. What the man pages call the “LongPrinterName” in reality should be called the “Driver Name”. You can name it anything you want, as long as you use this name later in the rpcclient ... setdriver command. For practical reasons, many name the driver the same as the printer.

It isn't simple at all. I hear you asking: “How do I know which files are Driver File”, “Data File”, “Config File”, “Help File” and “Language Monitor File in each case?” For an answer, you may want to have a look at how a Windows NT box with a shared printer presents the files to us. Remember that this whole procedure has to be developed by the Samba Team by listening to the traffic caused by Windows computers on the wire. We may as well turn to a Windows box now and access it from a UNIX workstation. We will query it with rpcclient to see what it tells us and try to understand the man page more clearly.

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