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openSUSE 12.x: disabling smbd CUPS warnings when you have Samba but not printing installed

Posted by jpluimers on 2013/09/06

As Dave mentioned a couple of years ago in an article smbd_unable_to_connect_to_cups_server, even if you have printing disabled in Samba, you can get errors in /var/log/messages like these±

   May  5 09:45:02 www smbd[<pid>]: [2008/05/05 09:45:02, 0] printing/print_cups.c:cups_connect(69)
    May  5 09:45:02 www smbd[<pid>]: Unable to connect to CUPS server localhost:631 - Connection refused

This happens even if you disable the printers and print$ shares from within YaST2.

He proposed a 5-line change in the /etc/samba/smb.conf, but testing this on openSUSE 12.x, shows the actual diff is a lot smaller: just change the entry for printcap name, then add an entry for disable spoolss.

This is the diff of /etc/samba/smb.conf.printing versus /etc/samba/smb.conf:

<	printcap name = cups
>	printcap name = /dev/null
>	disable spoolss = yes

After this, make sure you restart the smb service:

rcsmb restart


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