[CentOS] Using shared printers in CentOS 8

Tue Jan 7 17:02:24 UTC 2020
Leon Fauster <leonfauster at googlemail.com>

Am 07.01.20 um 06:06 schrieb Robert Nichols:
> On 1/6/20 10:00 PM, Robert Nichols wrote:
>> On 1/6/20 7:52 PM, Leon Fauster via CentOS wrote:
>>> Am 06.01.20 um 22:44 schrieb Robert Nichols:
>>>> How do I let a CentOS 8 client make use of the shared printers 
>>>> advertised by CUPS on the network? In CentOS 6, this was just a 
>>>> matter in a checkbox "Show printers shared by other systems" on the 
>>>> CUPS Admin page. Is this function still available somehow? Manually 
>>>> adding all the shared printers on every client would be painful.
>>> I used:
>>> http://localhost:631/
>> Yes, that's how I'm getting to the CUPS Admin page, which is lacking 
>> the option to use printers that the print server is sharing.
>>> Is the print server running CentOS6?
>> Yes, and other systems make use of its shared printers just fine. It's 
>> the CentOS 8 CUPS client that doesn't offer to use shared printers.  
>> Does CUPS 2.x perhaps have some hidden setting to operate as a client 
>> vs. as a server?  I've never had to configure that before.
> OK, I've found a workaround of not bothering with cupsd service locally 
> and just putting a ServerName in /etc/cups/client.conf . That means 
> there is no local spool to accept jobs if the print server or network is 
> down temporarily, but for my use that's acceptable. End of story.

I didn't spent to much time on this but it was necessary to infer the 
printer name on the remote site (well i know it but a ordinary user 
would not).

So to compile the URI check first the remote site via browser:

My spool name is HP_LaserJet (serverside), substitute it.


If you get a printer page then your URI for the client is:


this can be used to configure a local "raw" spool on the client via 
localhost:631 UI ... the key-values version and encryption are necessary 
because CentOS6 cupsd is quite "old".