Trying to use printers on house machine from the shop machine [FIXED]

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Sun Feb 24 15:37:23 UTC 2008

On Saturday 23 February 2008, Gene Heskett wrote:
>Shop machine is kubuntu-6.06 LTS
>I did have this working flawlessly 2 years ago, but had a drive hiccup and
> had to format and install again.  AIR, all I had to do then was make
>an /etc/cups/client.conf file that contained one directive, the
>ServerName coyote.coyote.den
>coyote.coyote.den resolves to this machine in that machines hosts file.  And
> I have done this again, and restarted the /etc/init.d/cupsys which reports
> success.
>I can send firefox to http://coyote.coyote.den:631/printers and see all the
>printers I have defined on this machine just fine, but there are no printers
>showing at http://localhost:631/printers, just a search page.
>Trying to add a printer gets me a username and password request which is
>denied always.  sudo works fine however.
>What magic twanger have I not plucked in the right key and sequence folks?

It turned out that kubuntu has browsing (the net for shared printers) turned 
off in /etc/cups/cups.d/browse.conf.

I had also created an /etc/cups/client.conf with only the ServerName directive 
in it, but that was not effective until I turned browsing on in the above 

I'm not at all sure I can justify the removal of a very handy feature such as 
printer sharing based on security concerns, particularly when it is all 
behind a router/firefall and not accessable from the public network.  It 
certainly does generate a PITA for those of us who do take security 
seriously, and have taken the steps to isolate ourselves from the black hats 
just so we CAN do what we want in our own little private domains.

Cheers, Gene
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