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Slow printing over samba

By Shanghai Sam ·

I'm running a Suse 9.2 box, using it as a file and print server. From my XP machine I can access the file shares w/o any problems, they are plenty fast.

When printing from the XP box it takes a good 20-30 seconds to spool out the document and begin printing. While printing directly on the Linux box has no delay problems.

Has anyone else encountered this behavior? If so, were you able to resolve it?


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may be loading Samba print module

by stress junkie In reply to Slow printing over samba

Given that the printer is connected to the Linux machine, when you print from a Linux login you are using the CUPS printer software. That is probably loaded when you boot the system. There is a CUPS daemon. Most start up configurations will load that by default.

When you print from the XP box you are interacting with Samba, as you already know. It is possible that the Samba software does not load its own printer module when Samba starts. Therefore it is possible that it has to load its printer module when you print from XP. That could account for the delay.

Try this. Print two or three different documents from the XP machine at the same time. If you only have the delay for the first document then my theory may be correct. If you have a long delay for each document then my theory is probably wrong.

Another possible consideration is the amount of memory that the Linux machine has free. If it has to swap processes in order to load the document then that will delay the print spooler. However, this would probably affect local print jobs as well as network print jobs.

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may be loading Samba print module

by Shanghai Sam In reply to may be loading Samba prin ...

I'll give that a try and see what happens.

The Suse box is a fairly good machine (800 mhz P3/512 RAM) so I'm guessing running out of memory isn't the root cause.

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I had the same problem

by thor In reply to Slow printing over samba


I had the same problem, only much worse (could lock the computer for minutes). When applying the hack found on this location: the problem was solved.


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by Shanghai Sam In reply to I had the same problem

Thanks for the reply, I'll give it a try.

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