Bug 335341

Summary: upgrades leave stale cupsd.conf sharing bits
Product: [Fedora] Fedora Reporter: Vladimir Kotal <vlada>
Component: cupsAssignee: Tim Waugh <twaugh>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance <extras-qa>
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traffic dump starting with autodetecting the printer none

Description Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-16 20:55:57 UTC
Description of problem:
After installing USB printer and sharing it, it is not possible to print from OS
X machine.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
print from OS X to a printer attached to FC7

Steps to Reproduce:
1.add new printer in OS X and select the one attached to FC7 box and make it default
2.print from OS X

Actual results:
OS X says 'printing error'

Expected results:
page should be printed

Additional info:

The printer is discovered by the OS X box just fine (thanks to MDNS support) and
after it is added no page cannot be printed from any application. I have
verified by tcpdump that the FC7 box receives traffic from the OS X box.
Firewall and SELinux are disabled on the FC7 box.

The log file says it all:

[root@erazim cups]# tail access_log - - [16/Oct/2007:22:33:57 +0200] "GET /printers/printer2.ppd HTTP/1.1"
403 0 - - - - [16/Oct/2007:22:35:30 +0200] "GET /printers/printer2.ppd HTTP/1.1"
403 0 - - - - [16/Oct/2007:22:35:30 +0200] "GET /printers/printer2.ppd HTTP/1.1"
403 0 - -
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:21 +0200] "POST / HTTP/1.1" 200 327
CUPS-Get-Printers successful-ok
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:21 +0200] "POST / HTTP/1.1" 200 129
CUPS-Get-Classes successful-ok
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:21 +0200] "POST / HTTP/1.1" 200 122
Get-Printer-Attributes successful-ok
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:21 +0200] "POST / HTTP/1.1" 200 124
Get-Printer-Attributes successful-ok
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:22 +0200] "POST / HTTP/1.1" 200 203
Get-Printer-Attributes successful-ok
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:22 +0200] "GET /ppd/printer2.ppd HTTP/1.1" 200
11232 - -
localhost - - [16/Oct/2007:22:36:22 +0200] "POST / HTTP/1.1" 200 149 Get-Jobs

While the OS X box ( uses '/printers' the localhost (FC7 box) uses '/ppd'.

Comment 1 Tim Waugh 2007-10-16 21:28:10 UTC
That isn't the problem, I'm afraid -- note the '200' status code, which means it
was successful.

Can you attach the PPD file you're using please, so I can test it with OS X
here?  Thanks.

Comment 2 Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-18 18:28:43 UTC
No, the status code 200 is only reported for localhost and printing from the
workstation to directly attached printer works fine.

See the lines for and the 403 codes - this means 'permission denied'.

As for the PPD file: I am using Canon Pixma iP4200 driver which can be
downloaded from

The PPD file itself is located in /usr/share/cups/model/canonip4200.ppd.

'printer2' is the name of the printer I have configured on 'localhost' which is FC7.

Comment 3 Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-18 18:31:34 UTC
I think the problem is in the path. Compare the following:

  machine       OS        request (reported in log file)        return code
  localhost     FC7       GET /ppd/printer2.ppd HTTP/1.1          200     OS X      GET /printers/printer2.ppd HTTP/1.1     403

Comment 4 Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-18 18:40:21 UTC
Created attachment 231381 [details]
traffic dump starting with autodetecting the printer

Attached is a dump of a traffic starting with MDNS based autoconfiguration of
the printer on the OS X machine and later followed by an attempt to print a
page. It is obvious that the server reports 403 (Permission denied) error to
the client (the OS X box).

Comment 5 Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-18 19:11:55 UTC
I can now confirm it was indeed caused by wrong setting of access control in

Now the relevant section looks like this:

<Location /printers/printer2>
  Order Deny,Allow
  Deny From All
  Allow From
  Allow From
  AuthType None

and printing from (OS X box) works fine.

This is definitely a bug in system-config-printer because when I setup the
printer first I entered name 'printer' and then tried another setting so I
created 'printer2' and removed 'printer'. However, cupsd.conf still contained
'/printers/printer' and not '/printers/printer2'.

Also, setting of the hosts which are allowed to print is not possible via

And last but not least: even if the 'share all printers' is ticked in
system-config-printer entries in cupsd.conf are still created with default deny

Comment 6 Tim Waugh 2007-10-18 21:53:54 UTC
system-config-printer does not modify /etc/cups/cupsd.conf except for the
'Server Settings' Boolean values, and has not done so since Fedora Core 6. 
Whatever put that Location section in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf, it was not
system-config-printer in Fedora 7.

Is this an upgrade from Fedora Core 5 (or earlier) by any chance?

Comment 7 Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-18 22:11:20 UTC
Weird. I am not 100% sure that the '/printers/printer' entry was not in
cupsd.conf before I started configuring the printer but rational thinking makes
me believe it could not be there. (I doubt that '/printers/printer' is some
special entry installed by default)

The upgrade path of the machine went like this:
  FC4 fresh install -> FC5 upgrade -> FC6 upgrade -> FC7 upgrade

Anyway, configuring shared printer in FC7 is not user friendly, to put it lightly. 

This report should be at least switched to RFE and moved to appropriate
component to make that problem addressed.

Also, the printer is discovered automa(g)tically via mDNS/avahi but then it is
not possible to print on it remotely. There should definitely be smarter. Not
advertising the printer if it is in default deny state makes more sense.

Comment 8 Tim Waugh 2007-10-18 22:20:54 UTC
I think you've been unlucky in that upgrades leave cupsd.conf in exactly the
state it was in.  The whole idea in Fedora Core 6 and onwards is that we don't
fiddle with configuration files but instead use the CUPS API for configuring it.

I think you'll find that if you replace /etc/cups/cupsd.conf with the as-shipped
version (there should be a /etc/cups/cupsd.conf.rpmnew file there), your
experience will be a lot more user-friendly.

Regarding the publishing of unprintable printers -- in Fedora Core 6 and
onwards, unshared printers are *not* published.  However, this particular
printer was shared but not printable-to due to special policy written before the
FC-6 upgrade.

I really am going to stand by that the system-config-printer in F-7 did not put
that Location section in /etc/cups/cupsd.conf.  If it got there after your
upgrade, some other application put it there.

(You aren't using KDE by any chance..?)

Comment 9 Vladimir Kotal 2007-10-19 21:27:45 UTC
Hm, that's kind of sad backwards compatibility story.

I'd expected that the application (seems there no such thing) responsible for configuring printing 
permissions would read cupsd.conf in and presented it to user which could make the changes via GUI and 
it will be then translated back to the ASCII representation and saved to cupsd.conf again.

(and no, no KDE in sight :))

Comment 10 Tim Waugh 2008-01-10 17:42:08 UTC
So perhaps system-config-printer needs to detect this situation when it fetches
cupsd.conf, and offer to update it. (Trouble is, this might be hard to get right.)

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Comment 12 Tim Waugh 2008-06-02 10:47:28 UTC
I don't think I'm going to be able to get to this.