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printing in Linux

 
Jason Kretzer
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I am running RH8 and I would like to use the network printer. Does Linux have a tool that allows you to browse the network for the printers on the network like Windows does? I have tried to configure it several times(since RedHat 7.2 actually) and have yet to get the test page to print.
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Well actually there ain't no such thing as "the network", even under Windows. What you really want to know is what printers are accessible in your LAN. Partly that depends on what LAN(s) you have.
If you're networking with Samba, the smbclient tool can be used to list network shares, including printers. I think there's at least one GUI equivalent to this program (or GUI frontend), but I'd have to check.
In addition to Samba, there are other routes to the printer that are more specific to Unix/Linux, such as lpd.
RedHat 8 has a GUI print configuration tool. You should be using that, as the maintenance of the various printer config files isn't for the faint of heart anyway.
 
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