OpenSolaris 2008.11 Network Printers - auto-discovery using snmp

Presto is an effort to fill the printing gaps in Solaris/OpenSolaris. The idea of Presto is to automate the process of locating printers as much as possible. So now with the integration of OpenSolaris Print Manager, we can now:


  • auto-detect local USB printers and prompt user to create queue on a pre-filled dialog when it is first plugged in.
  • OpenSolaris Print Manager allows user to do more print queues and print jobs operations as I have previously blogged here.

One hidden jewel of Presto which is not available by default after installing OpenSolaris 2008.11 is the auto-discovery of network printers. Due the space constraint of Live CD, one of the package that the auto-discovery of network printer required is omitted from the Live CD, SUNMWsmmgr. To use this feature:

  • Launch Package Manager (a.k.a Add More Software) on the desktop
  • Search for 'SUNWsmmgr', you should see it is not installed
  • Click on the check box to its left
  • Click on Install/Update on the tool bar

After installation, you have to restart the following SMF services:

  • svcadm restart hal (the process /usr/lib/hal/hald-addon-network-discovery should be running)
  • svcadm enable printers:snmp (make sure that this service is started correctly)

Launch System->Administration->Print Manager, any network printer in your sub-net that talks snmp should be automatically added to the system and appear in the Print Manager. It will take about a minute for that to be shown.

More on-line documentation about the Print Manager is here

Comments:

I have installed the SUNWsmmgr package, and yes printers are automatically discovered and added to my laptop.

But still, printing does not work when printing to these discovered printers!

Maybe u could give some pointers?

Posted by Axl K. Baipaakanyi on March 25, 2009 at 01:35 AM GMT+00:00 #

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