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testprns - check printer name for validity with smbd
testprns printername [ printcapname ]
This tool is part of the Samba suite.
testprns is a very simple test program to determine whether a given printer name is valid
for use in a service to be provided by smbd(8)
"Valid" in this context means "can be found in the printcap specified". This program is
very stupid - so stupid in fact that it would be wisest to always specify the printcap
file to use.
The printer name to validate.
Printer names are taken from the first field in each record in the printcap file,
single printer names and sets of aliases separated by vertical bars ("|") are rec-
ognized. Note that no validation or checking of the printcap syntax is done beyond
that required to extract the printer name. It may be that the print spooling system
is more forgiving or less forgiving than testprns. However, if testprns finds the
printer then smbd should do so as well.
This is the name of the printcap file within which to search for the given printer
If no printcap name is specified testprns will attempt to scan the printcap file
name specified at compile time.
This is usually the default printcap file to scan. See printcap (5).
If a printer is found to be valid, the message "Printer name <printername> is valid" will
If a printer is found to be invalid, the message "Printer name <printername> is not valid"
will be displayed.
All messages that would normally be logged during operation of the Samba daemons are
logged by this program to the file test.log in the current directory. The program runs at
debuglevel 3, so quite extensive logging information is written. The log should be checked
carefully for errors and warnings.
Other messages are self-explanatory.
This man page is correct for version 2.2 of the Samba suite.
printcap(5), smbd(8) smbclient(1)
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.
The original Samba man pages were written by Karl Auer. The man page sources were con-
verted to YODL format (another excellent piece of Open Source software, available at
ftp://ftp.icce.rug.nl/pub/unix/ <URL:ftp://ftp.icce.rug.nl/pub/unix/>) and updated for the
Samba 2.0 release by Jeremy Allison. The conversion to DocBook for Samba 2.2 was done by
19 November 2002 TESTPRNS(1)
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