Renaming a second samba shared printer reverts back to the first

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12
Samba printer queues


When sharing print queues through samba, it is possible to upload printer drivers that are automatically installed with the printers. When a printer driver is assigned to a samba print queue, that queue is renamed to the name of the driver. An administrator can then re-name the printer back to it's original name. If the administrator repeats this process and goes to re-name the second printer, the dialog window that opens to rename the second printer is actually that of the first.


The issue can be avoided by utilizing the:

force printername = Yes

option in the /etc/samba/smb.conf

This option forces the printer's printername to match the sharename defined in the smb.conf

As such, the printer names will be deployed to workstations as defined on the samba server.

Alternatively, the samba update to samba-3.6.3-0.58.1 released in May 2015 includes the patch to purge the printer name cache.


Stale entries in the printer name cache are not purged when a printer is renamed.
If a printer takes the name of a stale (previously renamed) entry in the cache, then the server retrieves the incorrect printer information from the registry and returns it to the client.

Additional Information

Additional reading about this option can be found in the man page for smb.conf


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  • Document ID:7015810
  • Creation Date: 21-Oct-2014
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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