Windows Printer via Samba Missing [SOLVED]

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Windows Printer via Samba Missing [SOLVED]

Postby Snydar on Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:18 pm

Hi! Since I did a fresh install from Mint 7 RC to Mint 7, I am having trouble adding a printer.

I choose Printing from the Mint Menu and click New. There used to be a Windows Printer via Samba option when I was using the RC, but it is not there in this fresh Mint 7 install. How can I get the option back? It was incredibly simple to install the printer that way. I have now tried a few different methods, but can't get them to work.

I am able to connect to the shared files on the target XP machine just fine, and the printer is shared.

Any ideas why that option is missing?

Thanks!

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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing

Postby altair4 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:46 pm

That is very strange.
If you go to CUPS directly is the "Windows Printer via Samba" option missing?

Open your favorite browser
Type localhost:631
Select Add Printer
Device: "Windows Printer via Samba"
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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing

Postby Snydar on Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:10 pm

altair4 wrote:That is very strange.
If you go to CUPS directly is the "Windows Printer via Samba" option missing?

Open your favorite browser
Type localhost:631
Select Add Printer
Device: "Windows Printer via Samba"


Yes, it is also missing there too. :(
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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing

Postby altair4 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:15 pm

My first thought is that cups itself is corrupted somehow. I would try to reinstall cups from synaptic.

The version of cups that I have is:
apt version cups
1.3.9-17ubuntu3.2

When was the last time you did the mintUpdate?
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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing

Postby Snydar on Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:50 pm

I frequently use mintUpdate and have the same version installed.

I tried to reinstall, but still the option is missing.
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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing

Postby altair4 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:01 pm

This is getting stranger and stranger. Go into Synaptic and see if the following packages are installed:

libsmbclient
smbclient
python-smbc

If not install them.
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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing

Postby Snydar on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:04 pm

smbclient was not installed. I'll reboot and check if that fixes things.

Edit: Actually, no reboot was necessary. The option is now there like it should be!
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Re: Windows Printer via Samba Missing [SOLVED]

Postby altair4 on Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:12 pm

Whew, I'm glad that fixed it. The bigger question is how in the world could a fresh install of Mint leave out smbclient :?:
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