Cups-pdf is an add-on for the CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) printing system of Unix. This feature allows you to easily convert printable files into PDF files. The
The goal is to provide Windows users with a virtual PDF printer with CUPS (as PDF-Creator).
Installation on the Linux server
Install cups using the following command: sudo apt-get install cups
using the following command: Install cups-pdf with the following command: sudo apt-get install cups-pdf
with the following command: Edit the configuration file for remote administration and to access to printing : sudo vi /etc/cups/cupsdonf
Change the following lines:
Listen localhost:631 to Listen 631
Restart the CUPS server sudo service cups restart
The connection URL to administer CUPS with a light client (Firefox browser): http://IP_OF_YOUR_SERVER:9100/printers/
Installation on Windows
Start > Settings > Printers and Faxes .
. Click on: Add a printer .
. "Add Printer" installation wizard opens up.
installation wizard opens up. Select "Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth printer" .
. Select "The printer that I want isn't listed".
Enter the URL for your virtual printer: http://IP_OF_YOUR_SERVER:9100/printers/.
Select the printer driver "HP Color Laserjet PS".
Click on OK to complete installation of virtual PDF printer
to complete installation of virtual PDF printer For Vista and Seven you can make use of the HP Color Laserjet 8550 PS or 4550 driver.
Test PDF printer
Right click on the PDF printer in question in the context menu: Properties -> Print a test page
But where is the test page?
As the user who printed has no account on the Linux server, the document will be in /var/spool/cups-pdf/ANONYMOUS.
Note: Otherwise, if you possess and account on the server, you will find the test file in the PDF folder of your HomeDirectory.
To facilitate the retreival of your files, you can create a Samba shares for Files and Printers (with Windows).
So we will create a Samba share named pdf.
share named pdf. Edit your smbonf file: sudo vi /etc/samba/smbonf
file: Add the following lines in your smbonf file:
comment = print PDF files
path = /var/spool/cups-pdf/ANONYMOUS
browseable = no
guest ok = yes
Restart Samba for the immediate recognition of your share sudo service smbd restart
for the immediate recognition of your share
Create a UNC icon on the desktop
Right click on the desktop context menu :
: Select New -> Shortcut
In the window that opens enter the IP address (or) the server name and share name: \ubuntuserveurpdf
Click Next and Finish . You should see the icon on the desktop
. You should see the icon on the desktop Double click the icon to open it and access your test page.
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