[cups.general] problem with cups-lpd not passing on requests correctly

Day, Geoffrey Geoffrey.Day at dpac.tas.gov.au
Wed Jun 6 18:14:46 PDT 2007


We currently have a solaris 8 server (falcon) in one network which
functions as a central point for printer requests. This server forwards
port 515 traffic to another solaris 8 server (snowy) on our internal
network, where a large number of print queues have been configured with

We are attempting to replace "falcon" with a Fedora Core 6 server

We have configured a print queue on the Fedora server (falcon2) pointing
at the internal solaris server (snowy) as follows

lpadmin -p cs3 -E -v lpd://snowy/cs3

which generates the following entry in /etc/cups/printers.conf

# Printer configuration file for CUPS v1.2.7
# Written by cupsd on 2007-03-20 07:13
<Printer cs3>
Info cs3
DeviceURI lpd://snowy/cs3
State Idle
StateTime 1174335032
Accepting Yes
Shared Yes
JobSheets none none
QuotaPeriod 0
PageLimit 0
KLimit 0
OpPolicy default
ErrorPolicy stop-printer

This print queue functions correctly when used on the Fedora server
ie  cat /etc/hosts |  lp -d cs3 
is forwarded to the internal solaris print server and prints correctly

cups-lpd has been configured to run under xinetd with the following

service printer
            socket_type = stream
            protocol = tcp
            wait = no
            user = lp
            group = sys
            passenv =
            server = /usr/lib/cups/daemon/cups-lpd
            server_args = -o document-format=application/octet-stream

and the following entry in /etc/cups/mime.convs

application/octet-stream        application/vnd.cups-raw        0

on a 3rd solaris server a print queue has been configured as follows

lpadmin -ptest -sfalcon2!cs3

On this 3rd server
cat /etc/hosts | lp -d test
results in a postscript banner from cups being printed, but nothing else

We have check all network settings etc and all server can communicate
with each other no problems.
Please do not suggest we replace the Solaris servers as we are
constrained by applications.

Any suggestions on how to get the cups-lpd to pass the print job on


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