[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#784850: samba: Samba doesn't get printer list from cups

Wendigo wendigo3970 at gmail.com
Sat May 9 15:28:58 UTC 2015

Package: samba
Version: 2:4.1.17+dfsg-2
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

In a fresh Debian Jessie setup running with the KDE desktop.

CUPS recognises and prints to remote printers attached to Windows 7 machines. 
CUPS recognises and prints to printer connected directly to the Jessie server

SAMBA can share and read files from Windows 7 machines.

The printer connected to Debian appears as shared in the CUPS web interface and
Windows 7 clients can print directly to CUPS using IPP  and the printer address:


But Samba doesn't show the printer connected to Debian Jessie as available.
Using smbtree -U. doesn't show the printer in Debian as available and people coming 
with their laptops can't see the printer in Windows. 

It seems that Samba can't connect to CUPS to get the list of available printers in the
Debian server. 
It can also be a problem in CUPS but since it can share the printer directly to Windows using
IPP it seems to me that the problem is with samba.

The setup and the same smb.conf worked perfectly in Debian Squeeze, the same problem
happened in Wheezy and happens now in Jessie. 

Here is the smb.conf file
testparm shows it as correct.


workgroup = KAMEHOUSE
netbios name = HARPIA
security = user
map to guest = Bad User
printcap name = cups
disable spoolss = Yes
show add printer wizard = No
printing = cups
name resolve order = bcast host wins lmhosts
load printers = yes

comment = data1
path = /media/ntfs/share
read only = Yes
guest ok = Yes

path = /media/deposito/Media
read only = Yes
guest ok = Yes

comment = Printer in Linux
path = /var/spool/samba
guest ok = Yes
printable = Yes
use client driver = Yes
browseable = Yes


Note: If I add this to smb.conf

comment=Local printer
printcap name=cups
use client driver=yes
guest ok=yes

then the printer is shown as available to smbtree -U and Windows 7 clients
but trying to add the printer shows
Windows couldn't connect to the printer
Error 0x0000002e in Windows

It doesn't even let you choose the printer model or driver. So it seems that
samba is showing the printer name but is not communicating with cups or getting the list of printers from CUPS.


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.0
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages samba depends on:
ii  adduser                              3.113+nmu3
ii  dpkg                                 1.17.25
ii  libasn1-8-heimdal                    1.6~rc2+dfsg-9
ii  libbsd0                              0.7.0-2
ii  libc6                                2.19-18
ii  libcomerr2                           1.42.12-1.1
ii  libhdb9-heimdal [heimdal-hdb-api-8]  1.6~rc2+dfsg-9
ii  libkdc2-heimdal                      1.6~rc2+dfsg-9
ii  libkrb5-26-heimdal                   1.6~rc2+dfsg-9
ii  libldb1                              2:1.1.17-2
ii  libpam-modules                       1.1.8-3.1
ii  libpam-runtime                       1.1.8-3.1
ii  libpopt0                             1.16-10
ii  libpython2.7                         2.7.9-2
ii  libroken18-heimdal                   1.6~rc2+dfsg-9
ii  libtalloc2                           2.1.1-2
ii  libtdb1                              1.3.1-1
ii  libtevent0                           0.9.21-1
ii  lsb-base                             4.1+Debian13+nmu1
ii  multiarch-support                    2.19-18
ii  procps                               2:3.3.9-9
ii  python                               2.7.9-1
ii  python-dnspython                     1.12.0-1
ii  python-ntdb                          1.0-5
ii  python-samba                         2:4.1.17+dfsg-2
pn  python2.7:any                        <none>
ii  samba-common                         2:4.1.17+dfsg-2
ii  samba-common-bin                     2:4.1.17+dfsg-2
ii  samba-dsdb-modules                   2:4.1.17+dfsg-2
ii  samba-libs                           2:4.1.17+dfsg-2
ii  tdb-tools                            1.3.1-1
ii  update-inetd                         4.43

Versions of packages samba recommends:
ii  attr               1:2.4.47-2
ii  logrotate          3.8.7-1+b1
ii  samba-vfs-modules  2:4.1.17+dfsg-2

Versions of packages samba suggests:
pn  bind9          <none>
pn  bind9utils     <none>
pn  ctdb           <none>
pn  ldb-tools      <none>
pn  ntp            <none>
pn  smbldap-tools  <none>
ii  winbind        2:4.1.17+dfsg-2

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