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When a user wants to add a new printer it's asking for a root password. I have an LTSP environment and the system is asking for a root password all the time; it's not asking even for a sudo'ed user's password. Is there any way to allow a certain user to add/edit/remove printers and not to have any other special access?

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Have a look at the files in /etc/cups.

I don't have a Fedora 15 system to hand - but looking at a recent RHEL box, the relevant bits are in /etc/cups/cupd.conf

# Administrator user group...
SystemGroup sys root
# Restrict access to configuration files...
<Location /admin/conf>
  AuthType Basic
  Require user @SYSTEM
  Order allow,deny
  Allow localhost
 # All administration operations require an adminstrator to authenticate...
<Limit Pause-Printer Resume-Printer Set-Printer-Attributes Enable-Printer 
     Disable-Printer Pause-Printer-After-Current-Job Hold-New-Jobs 
     Release-Held-New-Jobs Deactivate-Printer Activate-Printer 
     Restart-Printer Shutdown-Printer Startup-Printer Promote-Job 
     Schedule-Job-After CUPS-Add-Printer CUPS-Delete-Printer 
     CUPS-Add-Class CUPS-Delete-Class CUPS-Accept-Jobs 
     CUPS-Reject-Jobs CUPS-Set-Default>
  AuthType Basic
  Require user @SYSTEM
  Order deny,allow

IIRC, @SYSTEM is macro for the groups listed in SystemGroup.

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Add the user to the lp group. If that doesn't work, check ls -l /dev/_your_printer_ and see which group owns it

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Thank you! Currently the problem is that so the printers are network printers. And not local. So they wouldn't appear in /dev/ folder. – bakytn Sep 20 '11 at 6:17
are you using cups? if yes - adding user to lp group and managing printer via cups should solve problem – vasily-vm Sep 20 '11 at 6:37

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