Setting up printer sharing in Ubuntu 13.10


One would assume that printer sharing can be set up in Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) by following the Network Printing with Ubuntu community wiki page in the Ubuntu documentation. I found, however, that the set-up for the print server, the machine that actually shares a printer, didn't actually work. I kept running into a "client-error-forbidden" message while trying to set up a client machine on the network.

Thanks to a mailing list message from 2005, I determined that the printer-sharing must be configured from the Web interface, not the desktop on the server. Basically, it's necessary to follow the instructions in the Web Interface section of the CUPS - Print Server in the Ubuntu Server Guide.

Server-side set up

  1. Add yourself to the "lpadmin" group.
  2. Completely log out of your session (so the new group settings will take effect).
  3. Surf to http://localhost:631/admin/ and log in with your system credentials.
  4. Hit the "Add Printer" button to add your printer, and follow the instructions.
  5. In the "Server Settings" section, make sure the boxes are checked as you desire.
  6. Hit the "Change Settings" button.
  7. Now you can configure your clients on the network to use this shared printer.

Client side set-up

  1. Follow the "Printing from [...]" sections over at Network Printing with Ubuntu.
  2. That should be it. You're good to go!


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