Printing from networked XP to local linux printer

Matt Egger matt.egger at
Thu Jan 12 18:29:35 UTC 2006

On 1/12/06, Scott <angrykeyboarder at> wrote:
> R Kimber wrote:
> > On Wed, 11 Jan 2006 09:04:21 +1300
> > Tim Frost <timfrost at> wrote:
> >
> >> > I've allowed the XP machine to use port 631 on the linux firewall,
> >> > I've given it permission in cupsd.conf.
> >> Have you told cups to listen on all IP addresses?  The default setup
> >> on ubuntu is to listen on only.
> >>
> >> Comment the line
> >>      Listen
> >> and uncomment
> >>      Port 631
> >
> > Ah!  I had not really understood this.  I had tried
> > various permutations of Listen & IP addresses, and anyway thought it was
> > by default listening to 631.
> >
> > You have no idea how grateful I am. Thanks very much.
> >
> > - Richard.
> I'm very intrigued by all of this.  I have a printer connected to my
> network.  There are also two computers on that network. One running
> Windows and one running Linux.  Both print to the printer "out of the
> box" more or less.    I didn't have to edit any files.  On the Windows
> box I did have to disable the firewall (but only long enough to install
> the printer drivers).  And I'm not using a firewall on Ubuntu (unless
> they set something up by default in iptables or some such thing). The
> router both connect to has a built-in firewall and I didn't need to do
> anything with that for the printers.
> I'm just curious. Is my situation odd or unusual?
> [Note: This doesn't relate to my other posts here about my printer
> problems.  I have two printers. One has been a problem, and the above
> mentioned has not.  The "problem" printer is a driver issue]
> --
> Scott
> (c) 2006 angrykeyboarder™ & Elmer Fudd. All Wights Wesewved

What's being discussed here is sharing a local printer on an Ubuntu box with
other computers on the same network.  Scott, it sounds like you have a
networked printer attached directly to your hub/switch/router.  If that's
the case, I wouldn't consider it odd at all that you did not have to
manually edit any config files.

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