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I have a Linux host with Samba installed and a Windows server with some Files. Samba is set up correctly and works just fine. I can show PDFs from the Windows server with

evince "smb://SRV/Share/.../xx.pdf"

but when I want to print this file with

lp –d lpX "smb://SRV/Share/.../xx.pdf" 

an error occurs:

lp: Error – Access ?smb://SRV/Share/.../xx.pdf? not possible - File or Directory not found

Why do I get this error?

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lp is a core Linux utility and doesn't understand non-file based names such as smb://.

evince is a gnome application which understands urls.

You should be able to use:

smbget -O "smb://SRV/Share/.../xx.pdf" | lp -d lpX -

to print from a samba url.

smbget accepts the -u username and -p for the password (otherwise it prompts for them). You can use -a for anonymous access, which causes it to try without a username/password

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Thanks a lot! I searched a lot on the Internet, but never would I have found this. Works like a charm! –  Georg Apr 4 '13 at 13:29

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