Thursday, October 8, 2009

Solaris the tree killer no more

In one of my earlier posts I complained about being unable to turn off the banner page for print jobs sent from a Solaris print client to a printer controlled by a Linux print server. Soon thereafter we found a solution which I have been forgetting to talk about in this space... But, as they say, better late than never.

The solution is basically to tell the server (Linux) machine to forget that banner page. The way to do that is as follows.

1) Make sure you have cups-lpd installed. Solaris seems to only speak lpd, I am not sure how one could enable it to interface to a cups server directly.

2) On our CentOS machine we had to use the following syntax in /etc/xinetd.d/cups:

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 -o job-sheets=none

Emphasis on the "-o job-sheets=none" part.

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