| iPrint Printers on Novell Linux Desktop
Posted: 25 May 2005
Unable to install an iPrint printer on Novell Linux Desktop. It works fine on
Windows 2000 and XP and does not ask for a login.
A login box appears when trying to install iPrint on the Novell Linux
Desktop. It does not matter what username/password combination you use you can
not get past this box.
In the var/log/cups/error_log file you will see the following messages:
- Unable to open /etc/cups/passwd.md5 - No such file or directory
- IsAuthorized: No matching user:group for "root"
The CUPS printing service has more security and wants a login on the local
machine even if the printer is avaialable to anyone. CUPS accesses a different
password file on the local machine from the one used to authenticate users. It
does not exist and you need to create it.
- Log out of NLD as the user and log back in as root.
- Open a terminal session
- Enter this command: lppasswd -g sys -a root
- Enter and confirm the password
You're now ready to go. Note that with the command in step 3 the -g sys adds
the sys group and the -a adds the root. You could use another user here. Watch
for the password criteria, it may be different than the criteria used for the
user passwords. It will not be accepted until you give it what it wants.
I have not tested this with non iPrint printers and CUPS but I'm thinking you
will likely have the same issue.