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As part of PaperCut’s Print Archiving feature on a Mac OS X secondary server you may need to automatically mount a SMB share so that the PaperCut Print Provider can provide the appropriate files for archiving by the PaperCut Application Server.
We have had an elegant solution presented to us by one of our customers - Sam from MacKillop College in Australia.
The resolution I came up with has two parts, a shell script and a launchd.
A shell script
# Source variables from print-provider.conf
. /Applications/PaperCut\ MF/providers/print/mac/print-provider.conf
# Log in as local PaperCut account and execute all following commands as this user
su papercut << EOS
# Create a folder to mount to
# Mount the share
mount -t smbfs //$ArchiveUser:$ArchivePass@$ApplicationServer/archive $ArchiveDir
And the launchd saved in /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.papercut.maparchive.plist (note to change the path to the shell file)
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
Then the following variables also need to be added to the print-provider.conf file, as users only need to enter this info in the one place where they are familiar to setting config options.
Downside is that the password is in clear text, however this is a limited domain account on a “secure” server. If this was an issue, you could use one of these methods: http://serverfault.com/questions/367950/secure-way-to-mount-a-password-protected-cifs-share-in-mac However, it may require some more user interaction.
Anyway I hope this helps others. If this method is utilised in a future release, I would appreciate some credit :)
Categories: Apple macOS, Implementation / Deployment, Support, Tips & Tricks
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