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cupsaddsmb : The Unknown Utility

The cupsaddsmb utility (shipped with all current CUPS versions) is an alternative method to transfer printer drivers into the Samba [print$] share. Remember, this share is where clients expect drivers deposited and set up for download and installation. It makes the sharing of any (or all) installed CUPS printers quite easy. cupsaddsmb can use the Adobe PostScript driver as well as the newly developed CUPS PostScript driver for Windows NT/200x/XP. cupsaddsmb does not work with arbitrary vendor printer drivers, but only with the exact driver files that are named in its man page.

The CUPS printer driver is available from the CUPS download site. Its package name is cups-samba-[version].tar.gz. It is preferred over the Adobe drivers because it has a number of advantages:

  • It supports a much more accurate page accounting.

  • It supports banner pages and page labels on all printers.

  • It supports the setting of a number of job IPP attributes (such as job priority, page label, and job billing).

However, currently only Windows NT, 2000, and XP are supported by the CUPS drivers. You will also need to get the respective part of the Adobe driver if you need to support Windows 95, 98, and Me clients.

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