Printing from VM

Derek Broughton derek at
Tue Jun 9 17:35:14 UTC 2009

Chris Mohler wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 9:09 PM, alan duval<amoht at> wrote:
>> I have installed Puppy Linux in a VM in VirtualBox and added my printer
>> but when I try to access the printer nothing happens. The same happens
>> with WIN XP installed in VirtualBox. How does one access the printer
>> from VirtualBox?
> The printer needs to be shared on the host machine.

Indeed.  Did this just yesterday - I wanted to make PDFs from my XP VM.  On 
the host, I did:

# sudo aptitude install cups-pdf
Browse to http://localhost:631/parinters and voila! The printer is already 
"Publish" the printer, and also on the admin page: 
http://localhost:631/admin, set "Share published printers" and "Share on 
Internet".  It asked me for _my_ username and password (probably for sudo to 
set the permissions in the config file).  Windows can then see it via 

> One quirk with my XP VM: I have to open an Explorer window (not
> Internet Explorer - explorer.exe) in XP, and type \\mymachine in the
> address bar.  At that point I'm prompted for my user/passwd.  From
> then on, I can print (and any queued jobs will print).   I've never
> bothered to track down why XP in the VM forgets my credentials...

Didn't have that issue - but I _was_ surprised that I didn't need to provide 

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