Man Page for TESTPRNS
testprns - check printer name for validity with smbd
testprns printername [ printcapname ]
This program is part of the Samba suite. testprns is a very simple test program to determine whether a given printer name is valid for use in a service to be provided by smbd. "Valid" in this context means "can be found in the print- cap specified". This program is very stupid - so stupid in fact that it would be wisest to always specify the print- cap file to use.
printername The printer name to validate. Printer names are taken from the first field in each record in the printcap file, single printer names and sets of aliases separated by vertical bars ("|") are recognised. Note that no validation or checking of the printcap syntax is done beyond that required to extract the printer name. It may be that the print spooling system is more forgiving or less forgiving than test- prns however if testprns finds the printer then smbd should do as well. printcapname This is the name of the printcap file to search for the given printer name in. If no printcap name is specified, testprns will attempt to scan the printcap file specified at compile time (PRINTCAP_NAME).
/etc/printcap This is usually the default printcap file to scan. See printcap(5)).
The location of the server and its support files is a matter for individual system administrators. The following are thus suggestions only. It is recommended that the testprns program be installed under the /usr/local hierarchy, in a directory readable by all, writeable only by root. The program should be exe- cutable by all. The program should NOT be setuid or set- gid!
This man page is (mostly) correct for version 1.9.00 of the Samba suite, plus some of the recent patches to it. These notes will necessarily lag behind development of the software, so it is possible that your version of the pro- gram has extensions or parameter semantics that differ from or are not covered by this man page. Please notify these to the address below for rectification.
If a printer is found to be valid, the message "Printer name <printername> is valid" will be displayed. If a printer is found to be invalid, the message "Printer name <printername> is not valid" will be displayed. All messages that would normally be logged during opera- tion of smbd are logged by this program to the file test.log in the current directory. The program runs at debuglevel 3, so quite extensive logging information is written. The log should be checked carefully for errors and warnings. Other messages are self-explanatory.
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell (Andrew.). Andrew is also the Keeper of the Source for this project. The testprns program and this man page were written by Karl Auer (Karl.) See samba(7) for a full list of contributors and details of how to submit bug reports, comments etc.
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