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Driver Upload Methods

This section describes three familiar methods, plus one new one, by which printer drivers may be uploaded.

If you want to use the MS-RPC-type printing, you must upload the drivers onto the Samba server first ( [print$] share). For a discussion on how to deposit printer drivers on the Samba host (so the Windows clients can download and use them via “Point'n'Print”), please refer to the Classical Printing chapter of this book. There you will find a description or reference to three methods of preparing the client drivers on the Samba server:

  • The GUI, “Add Printer Wizard upload-from-a-Windows-client method.

  • The command line, “smbclient/rpcclient” upload-from-a-UNIX-workstation method.

  • The Imprints tool set method.

These three methods apply to CUPS all the same. The cupsaddsmb utility is a new and more convenient way to load the Windows drivers into Samba and is provided if you use CUPS.

cupsaddsmb is discussed in much detail later in this chapter. But we first explore the CUPS filtering system and compare the Windows and UNIX printing architectures.

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