problems with remote printing under AIX 3.2 (and other remote access problems)

problems with remote printing under AIX 3.2 (and other remote access problems)

Post by Ron Coh » Tue, 07 Apr 1992 03:30:31

I just installed AIX 3.32 on my R6000/320 and though the install went
smoothly, the R6000 no longer allows remote (tcp/ip) access to the printer.  I
did a "complete overwrite install" and then went through and
configured the network and the remote printer access, and have
rebooted several times, stopped started lpd, etc., but I always get
the message: "your host does not have line printer access" back from
the R6000.  Printing works OK from the R6000, and interestingly, the
"on" command" works from the remote host and I can type "on ___ lpr "
and the R6000 does print then.  I tried both fully qualified and just
the hostname in the /etc/hosts.lpd file.  I am trying to print from a
Sun running 4.1.1 as well as other hosts that use BSD style printer
addressing.  Before the upgrade, remote printing worked fine.  

Another strange (related?) feature is that when I type "rsh" from the
remote host I get "Login incorrect." whereas rsh used to work.  It
sounds to me like the network authentication has been messed with.
One last (related?)  problem is that I can't get the R6000 to act as a
pcnfs server (after taking the comment out of /etc/inetd.conf) whereas
it used to work as a pcnfs server before.

  Any ideas?

  Ron Cohen
  Geophysical Laboratory
  Carnegie Institution of Washington


problems with remote printing under AIX 3.2 (and other remote access problems)

Post by Frank Feuerbach » Wed, 08 Apr 1992 01:44:52

I am no printer expert, but could your problem be that you need the
fully qualified name of your print clients in /etc/hosts.lpd?

On the server, type 'host <client>' whatever name it gives back, use
that in hosts.lpd.

Sometimes, on our print servers, I put in both the short and long names
in hosts.lpd (i.e. leopard &

Hope this helps some.

- Frank Feuerbacher

Disclaimer: I speak only for me!  And I don't even do a good job of that!


1. remote printing and tcp/ip access under 3.2

A solution to my remote printing (and access) under 3.2
has been found thanks to the IBM hotline.  There is a bug in 3.2
and it is necessary to use dotted decimal internet numbers
in hosts.equiv and hosts.lpd to get remote access to work,
even if nameserving seems to work OK.
It is not clear if this is always the case or only on systems
configured certain ways.  Hope this is of some help.
  Ron Cohen

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