March 26, 2005

Apple mini as print server

Apple | Cool gadgets

I just got an Apple Mini, it's simply adorable! Installing it was a breeze: I just copied my files and settings from a Powerbook via Firewire. I got the machine to have it act as a server for the printers, to replace an aging HP JetDirect 500x server. But it's so small that I'll probably leave it hooked up to the LCD screen, for my young boy to play games from time to time.

I need to figure out how to make the printers visible to an old Redhat 6.2 laptop, running LPRng. So far I tried the regular LPR settings, but the CUPS server on the mini complains that there's no file being posted for printing. I've also investigated Samba printing, for which I had to enable sharing the printers on samba. I cannot find the exact instructions I followed, but I had to add few lines in /etc/smb.conf, like below:

In the [global] section, add these lines:

  load printers = yes
  printing = cups
  printcap name = cups

Then add a new section, reading like this:

  path = /var/spool/samba
  printable = yes
  public = yes
  guest ok = yes
  writeable = no
  printer admin = root, @admin, @staff

I found these instructions to also be quite helpful in how to set things up so that older Linux systems can access the printers on the server.

Posted by ovidiu at March 26, 2005 11:50 PM |

Cool. You are really fast. My wish of buying a Mac Mini doesn't seem to materialize at all.

An aging HP laptop running Fedora Core3 serves me fine for file sharing needs at home network. I keep hoing that someday it will just crash and give me an excuse to buy something like Mac Mini (Yes, I saw it at local Frys and really liked the form factor).

BTW, congratulations on spectacular IPO and post IPO run.

Posted by: Pankaj Kumar on May 4, 2005 08:56 AM
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