smbspool man page

smbspool — send a print file to an SMB printer


smbspool {job} {user} {title} {copies} {options} [filename]


This tool is part of the samba(7) suite.

smbspool is a very small print spooling program that sends a print file to an SMB printer. The command-line arguments are position-dependent for compatibility with the Common UNIX Printing System, but you can use smbspool with any printing system or from a program or script.


smbspool specifies the destination using a Uniform Resource Identifier ("URI") with a method of "smb". This string can take a number of forms:

smbspool tries to get the URI from the environment variable DEVICE_URI. If DEVICE_URI is not present, smbspool will use argv[0] if that starts with “smb://” or argv[1] if that is not the case.

Programs using the exec(2) functions can pass the URI in argv[0], while shell scripts must set the DEVICE_URI environment variable prior to running smbspool.



This man page is part of version 4.10.0rc2 of the Samba suite.

See Also

smbd(8) and samba(7).


smbspool was written by Michael Sweet at Easy Software Products.

The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.

Referenced By

samba(7), smbspool_krb5_wrapper(8).

02/14/2019 Samba 4.10.0rc2 System Administration tools