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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Documentation of remote cups printing Reply with quote

First hit on google about this is

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Printing#Setting_up_a_remote_printer

which contains the following hint

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Setting up a remote printer

If the printers are attached to a remote CUPS-powered server the system can be easily configured to use the remote printer by modifying the /etc/cups/client.conf file.

Assuming the printer is attached to a system called printserver.mydomain, open up /etc/cups/client.conf with a favorite text editor and set the ServerName directive:
FILE /etc/cups/client.conf

# (Substitute printserver.mydomain with your print server name)
ServerName printserver.mydomain


However, if one follows this hint then no locally attached printer will work any more because it refers all requests to the remote cups daemon. This is hardly what most people will want and it creates a situation that is nasty to debug.

Most people will want to use both locally attached printers when they are attached and the remote printer when they are within the network of that remote printer. This is not possible with that crappy setup.

Archlinux contains much more complete and explicit info about the configuration:
https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/CUPS#Remote_printers

They also call the /etc/cups/client.conf method depreciated, which seems to be correct seeing that cups-2.1 manpage adds a note saying
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The client.conf file is deprecated and will no longer be supported in a future version of CUPS.

http://www.cups.org/documentation.php/doc-2.1/man-client.conf.html

I think this printing documentation urgently needs to be rewritten so that it does not use deprecated and limited (to only remote server) methods any more.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 7:57 am    Post subject: Re: Documentation of remote cups printing Reply with quote

mas- wrote:
First hit on google about this is

https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Printing#Setting_up_a_remote_printer

Indeed, that whole article is not very up to date. Nowadays as most if not all new printers come with a built-in printing server and wlan client, all of them are remote printers and can use the Line Printer Daemon protocol.

mas- wrote:
I think this printing documentation urgently needs to be rewritten so that it does not use deprecated and limited (to only remote server) methods any more.

You are very welcome to help updating/improving this outdated wiki article with your own experience.
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