Can CUPS Browse Windows Shared Printers?

Michael Sweet mike at
Thu Sep 22 06:24:18 PDT 2005

Anonymous wrote:
> ...
> However, I was wondering if its possible to get CUPS to autodiscover
> or browse the Windows printers without any administration on the CUPS
> print server at all. This would then relay to the other CUPS
> installations meaning that I only have one point of installation.

No, that just isn't possible since there is no way to get a PPD file
from the Windows system, and in Windows every client sends a raw
printer data stream instead of a printer-independent format (yes,
I know there are ways to send EMF files, but that is not the default
and doesn't help us with CUPS...)

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Internet Printing and Document Software

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