Epson Stylus Color 1160 on Samba/Windows 2K
did not need
to add Samba or CUPS as they already exist on a full White Box Linux
installation, as does parallel port support.
smb.conf file to read:
workgroup = FRED
netbios name = SERVER
server string = samba server
printcap name = /etc/printcap
printing = cups
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
max log size = 50
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers
password server = None
guest ok = yes
dns proxy = no
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writeable = yes
comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
browseable = no
guest OK = yes
writable = no
printable = yes
create mode = 0700
print command = lp -d %p -o raw %s; rm -f %s
lpq command = P%p
lprm command = P%p %j
use client driver = yes
Samba and CUPS.
the printer on Windows 2000 using the Add Printer Wizard and selected
the Linux server. Windows asked for a driver and I installed
Epson driver from the manufacturer’s disc.
appeared as stp on IP_ADDRESS
– a little
unintuitive, but the test page printed OK.
that the stp printer is seen by CUPS as a raw printer –
from Open Office on the Linux box itself produced that infinite
PostScript printout that we all know so well. I reinstalled
Epson via the CUPS web administrator as a second printer, stp1, and so
far this works from Open Office if chosen from the list at print time.
Gimp still uses stp quite happily.
setup for this printer is fairly complex as it is a fairly uncommon
tell if this works for everyone!
For group shares, ensure the UNIX group is right.
UNIX directory permissions should be 775 (user rwx, group rwx, other
r-x), or 770 (user rwx, group rwx, other ---) unless you want read-only.
Change permissions on all files in all subdirectories:
chmod -R 775 *
and Windows 98
If Windows 98 is not set up for separate users, you cannot connect to a
Go to Control Panel. Select Passwords icon, then User
Profiles tab. Then choose radio button "Users can customize
their preferences....". The check BOTH the options for User
Then select Change Passwords tab on the left of the dialog box.
If the Change Passwords tab is not there, you must click on OK, then
reboot. Then when Windows restarts, give it the username and
password for the Samba share. You will then be asked if you
want to have a profile. Answer Yes. Windows will
create a separate profile and password file for you. Now you
can connect to Samba.
If you have a Change Password tab, select the Change Windows Password
button. Change your password to the one for the Samba share.
I Can't Save My Spreadsheet to the Samba Server!
After a network outage, you may find it impossible to save an Excel
spreadsheet you had open and had already saved before the outage, if
you change it and then try to save it again.
This happened with a Samba server and a complex 1.2Mb
spreadsheet. The spreadsheet could be saved in My Documents but
attempts to save it to the Samba server caused error messages such as
been lost" or "Disk Full".
On the server there were several 1.2Mb files with nonsense names and no
file extensions, such as CeCd4100 or just long strings of
numbers. The time stamps were for times when attempts had been
made to save the spreadsheet.
Deleting these temporary files then made it possible to save the
spreadsheet without errors.
Excel saves its files in this way:
A temporary file with a random name and no extension is created in the
folder specified in Save As, or in the destination it was opened from.
If the file is changed, the original file is deleted and Excel renames
the temporary file to the filename as specified in the Save As dialog,
which unless specified by the user, would be the original name.
In this instance, the network connection dropped out and it appears
that Excel could not make a connection between the temporary files and
the file being saved.
This issue has nothing to do with Samba or with file permissions, but
is a "feature" of MS Excel.