Enabling Windows printing on OSX, the tip-tip

<p>The <a href="http://www.macosxhints.com">macosxhints forum</a> has listed a tip for enabling printing to a windows hosted printer in OSX.  In a typical AppleOS move, they hid the option in an Option-click.  Option clicking the Add button in Print Manager was supposed to call up an enhanced &#8220;advanced&#8221; menu, with &#8220;Windows printer via SAMBA&#8221; as an option.  But alas, it wasn&#8217;t there when I tried it.  But last night I found the tip to make the tip work.  Run the following two commands from a terminal window: </p>

<p>sudo ln -s /usr/bin/smbspool /usr/libexec/cups/backend/smb <br />

sudo killall -HUP cupsd

<p>Next time you run Print Manager, the option will be there, and you can proceed with the rest of the directions.  Here&#8217;s a link to the <a href="http://groups.google.com/groups?q=%22Windows+printer+via+samba%22+OS+X&#38;hl=en&#38;lr=&#38;ie=UTF-8&#38;selm=wayne.morris-AF0ABC.20483304112002%40shawnews.wp.shawcable.net&#38;rnum=1">tip to make the tip work</a>. Have fun! </p>


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