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A couple of time an hour, these lines show up in syslog

Feb 19 09:20:11 KISE-055 smbd[5685]: [2013/02/19 09:20:11.609603,  0] printing/print_cups.c:110(cups_connect)
Feb 19 09:20:11 KISE-055 smbd[5685]:   Unable to connect to CUPS server localhost:631 - Connection refused
Feb 19 09:20:11 KISE-055 smbd[1081]: [2013/02/19 09:20:11.610113,  0] printing/print_cups.c:487(cups_async_callback)
Feb 19 09:20:11 KISE-055 smbd[1081]:   failed to retrieve printer list: NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL

Now this computer is the client and server for Mythtv (Mythbuntu), There are no printers attached, nor does any use of the HTPC require a printer. I do use occasionally print to PDF.

What do I need to do to stop samba from performing this query and producing these messages in syslog ?

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If you are a home user and using samba purely for file sharing from a server or NAS you’re probably not interested in sharing printers through it. If so, you can prevent this error from occurring by adding the following lines to your /etc/samba/smb.conf:

printing = bsd
printcap name = /dev/null

Restart samba:

/etc/init.d/smbd restart

…check your logs:

less /var/log/samba/log.smbd

and the error should now no longer be appearing.

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Cool, and not in the Eskimo way... – keepitsimpleengineer Jul 10 '13 at 22:16
Setting printcap name = /dev/null was enough for me, although I'm using Fedora 19 (samba-4.0.9-3.fc19.x86_64). – Cristian Ciupitu Nov 13 '13 at 23:36

Well 1st and unexpected is that Mythbuntu does not install CUPS by default, so the soultion was simple, install CUPS from Ubuntu software. smbd can now connect to CUPS, although no printers are used.

CUPS can be maintained by using http://localhost:631/ in a browser, not mention in info on Unbuntu software

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