Samba log showing error: failed to retrieve printer list

If you’re using Ubuntu and seeing the following error in your Samba log:

Failed to retrieve printer list: NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL

If you are a home user and using samba purely for file sharing from a server or NAS you’re probably not interested in sharing printers through it. If so, you can prevent this error from occurring by adding the following lines to your /etc/samba/smb.conf:

printing = bsd

printcap name = /dev/null

Restart samba:

/etc/init.d/smbd restart

…check your logs:

less /var/log/samba/log.smbd

and the error should now no longer be appearing.

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