CUPS remote printing help

C M Reinehr cmr
Thu Mar 8 08:06:22 PST 2007

On Monday 05 March 2007 20:43, Collins Richey wrote:
> On 3/5/07, Ben Duncan <bns at> wrote:
> > yeah CUPS = Crappy Unix Print Service ....
> Actually, it's Crappy Untested Print Servie, since the UPS developers
> never bother to test anything.
> Nevertheless, someone must have a clue about why this is failing.


Sorry, I've been out of the office for a couple of days or I would have 
responded sooner.

If you haven't already figured this out, I would suggest you try this.

First, WRT the laptop, you shouldn't have to do anything after installing 
CUPS. The default cups.conf should work just fine.

Second, on the desktop, reinstall CUPS, so that you have a default cups.conf. 
Then, using just the web interface with a browser (http://localhost:631) log 
in to CUPS Administration. On the right side of the page, under Basic Server 
Settings, the first option should already be checked: Show printers shared by 
other systems. Check off the second option as well: Share published printers 
connected to this system. Then click "Change Settings" to save a new 
cups.conf file & restart the CUPS server.

That should get you working. You should be able to "see" the desktop printer 
from the laptop, select it and print to it. Later, you can fine tune the 
Location section entries to allow only the laptop to access the desktop 
printer using the Allow & Deny statements.


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