[Bug 20981] New: Printing to a Netware queue is not supported

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           Summary: Printing to a Netware queue is not supported
           Product: Ubuntu
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: i386
        OS/Version: Linux
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: gnome-cups-manager
        AssignedTo: debzilla at ubuntu.com
        ReportedBy: sam at chemeng.uct.ac.za
         QAContact: desktop-bugs at lists.ubuntu.com

Printing to a Novell Netware queue is not supported by gnome-cups-manager (am
currently running breezy).

I have managed to get it working by following the steps below:
(Some of the information was obtained from

I installed the ncpfs package.

The following backend for an ncp queue was installed in /usr/lib/cups/backend/ :

The file was edited to ensure that nprint was found in the correct location.

A printer was defined using the following URI in /etc/cups/printers.conf
DeviceURI ncp://username:password@SERVER/printer_queue

What would need to be done to get this supported by default in Ubuntu, would be
the creation of a package which will install the ncp backend. This package would
need to depend on ncpfs, as the backend calls nprint. (alternatively, this
package could provide nprint itself?)

Then support is needed in gnome-cups-manager such that if the ncp backend is
installed, an option for a Netware printer in the network printer options is
available when adding a printer. Then a printer can be defined in
/etc/cups/printers.conf with a uri of type ncp.

Currently, (with the manually specified printer) if I edit any printer attribute
gnome-cups-manager changes the ncp:// to ipp://ncp://, which causes my manually
added printer backend to fail.

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