Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 133930
RFE: SMB browsing for remote subnets
Last modified: 2008-12-15 05:58:02 EST
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Description of problem:
The "Add a new Print Queue" wizard needs to browse a system for print
I think on the Queue type page if you have a server defined there
should be a "Scan for Shares" or "Browse Shares" so you can select it
from a list.
This would make it much easier to install new printers in a larger
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Open Printer Configuration
2. Add a new printer.
Not sure what you mean here. What type of transport? IPP, or
IPP would be good, but lets say I selected SMB(IPP, LPD or NCP) and
put in a server name and possibly username and password and it would
scan the server for print shares of that type in this case SMB. It
would then present a list you could select from or type in your own
I know this will be different for each transport and some may not work.
For IPP, CUPS browsing should already do what you want, with no set-up
on the client end.
For SMB, there is already a selector which is meant to list the
available queues on the network. Is this not working for you?
For LPD and NCP it is not possible to do in general, as far as I know.
I do see this, so maybe my issue is a different one. I only see SMB
based systems on my subnet I can't see the server that the print
queues reside on because it is on a different one.
Have you enabled the firewall? If so you won't see broadcast CUPS
shares unless you manually poke a hole in it (or add them manually).
I'm sure there's a bug about this somewhere (and if there isn't' there
The thing I am trying to do is to browse the print shares on an HP
Print Server Appliance. It supposed to let you print via IPP, CUPS,
LPD, and SMB. My problem with this appliance is is that I don't know
what the IPP/CUPS/LPD print queues are named. It only shows me the
SMB one through the web interface. So I want to be able to scan the
device and get a list of all available print queues to pick from.
I can't see any broadcasts because our print server appliances are on
a different subnet than the one I am on.
Does "smbclient -L APPLIANCE" (substitute the name of your HP appliance for
APPLIANCE) show the queue names?
Yes this shows all the queues. They are cropped but they are visable.
Fedora Core 3 is now maintained by the Fedora Legacy project for security
updates only. If this problem is a security issue, please reopen and
reassign to the Fedora Legacy product. If it is not a security issue and
hasn't been resolved in the current FC5 updates or in the FC6 test
release, reopen and change the version to match.
The SMB browser could certainly stand some improvements. The problem is finding
someone who knows enough about how it should work to code it. :-(
Fedora Core 5 and Fedora Core 6 are, as we're sure you've noticed, no longer
test releases. We're cleaning up the bug database and making sure important bug
reports filed against these test releases don't get lost. It would be helpful if
you could test this issue with a released version of Fedora or with the latest
development / test release. Thanks for your help and for your patience.
[This is a bulk message for all open FC5/FC6 test release bugs. I'm adding
myself to the CC list for each bug, so I'll see any comments you make after this
and do my best to make sure every issue gets proper attention.]
The SMB browser has been substantially re-worked in Fedora 10. A test package for Fedora 9 will be available shortly.
Are you still able to test this?