send a print file to an SMB printer


' 'u smbspool {job} {user} {title} {copies} {options} [filename]


This tool is part of the samba (7) suite .

smbspool is a very small print spooling program that sends a print file to an SMB printer . The command -line arguments are position -dependent for compatibility with the Common UNIX Printing System, but you can use smbspool with any printing system or from a program or script .


smbspool specifies the destination using a Uniform Resource Identifier ("URI") with a method of "smb" . This string can take a number of forms:

'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 smb://server[:port]/printer
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 smb://workgroup/server[:port]/printer
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 smb://username:password@server[:port]/printer
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 smb://username:password@workgroup/server[:port]/printer

smbspool tries to get the URI from the environment variable DEVICE_URI . If DEVICE_URI is not present, smbspool will use argv[0] if that starts with or argv[1] if that is not the case .

Programs using the exec(2) functions can pass the URI in argv[0], while shell scripts must set the DEVICE_URI environment variable prior to running smbspool .


'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 The job argument (argv[1]) contains the job ID number and is presently not used by smbspool .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 The user argument (argv[2]) contains the print user (Aqs name and is presently not used by smbspool .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 The title argument (argv[3]) contains the job title string and is passed as the remote file name when sending the print job .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 The copies argument (argv[4]) contains the number of copies to be printed of the named file . If no filename is provided then this argument is not used by smbspool .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 The options argument (argv[5]) contains the print options in a single string and is currently not used by smbspool .
'-04' '+03' .sp -1

2.3 The filename argument (argv[6]) contains the name of the file to print . If this argument is not specified then the print file is read from the standard input .


This man page is part of version 4 .10 .6 of the Samba suite .


smbd(8) and samba(7).


smbspool was written by Michael Sweet at Easy Software Products .

The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell . Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed .

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