[K12OSN] OT: printing to a Windows-only printer

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Thu Apr 26 13:49:59 UTC 2007

A long time ago I used to have to deal with such a situation. The work
around I used was to share a folder on the windows box, and use a PDF
printer to place a PDF file of the print job on the windows box.  Then, on
the windows box I would run a script ever 60 seconds that would look for any
.PDF files, print them, and then delete the PDF file.


Steven Santos
Director, Simply Circus, Inc.
Email: Steven at SimplyCircus.com
 Mail: 14 Pierrepont Road
       Newton, MA 02462
Phone: 617-527-0667
  Web: www.SimplyCircus.com <http://www.SimplyCircus.com>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]On
> Behalf Of rowens at ptd.net
> Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 9:01 AM
> To: k12osn at redhat.com
> Subject: [K12OSN] OT: printing to a Windows-only printer
> I've got a Panasonic printer that only has Windows drivers.  I've got the
> drivers installed on a Windows machine, and the printer is shared.  Can I
> print to this printer from Linux?  I'm thinking that if I connect to the
> shared printer, then the Windows machine will provide the driver.
>  But when I
> go to set up the SMB printer in Linux, it asks me for the make
> and model.  Is
> there a way to get around this?
> Thanks for any advice you have.
> -Rob
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