while trying to connect to a network print thro a windows 7 server the browse button is grayed out.
Steps to Reproduce:
1 installed packages from the soft ware manager
2.tried suggestions from the linux blogs and commumity
It's a missing feature, patches welcome :)
Perhaps we should hide the button? I can totally see how a visible but always disabled button is confusing ^^
We can, I was actually hoping for someone missing the feature to implement it :)
*** Bug 400613 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I'm afraid that not only "Browse" button didn't implemented. But "Printers configuration" at all.
I can't add any kind of printer by KDE GUI (but I did it by web without any troubles).
Here is a little discussion: https://www.reddit.com/r/kdeneon/comments/f55iey/cant_add_any_printer/fhwsdvx?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x
*** Bug 421026 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
For the record: I've been thinking that browsing could be terribly simply implemented by using the existing KIO smb worker implementation. Alas, we'd need to set KIO metadata on the underlying StatJob to switch the worker into some sort of printer browsing mode (not listing files but only folders and printers). AFAIK there is no way to pass KIO metadata right now, not even when using KFileWidget directly so one would first need to extend that API :(
My initial idea was to use KIO, BUT, the code for printers there is explicity disabled :( but indeed should be less work than talking to smb libs directly.
Yep, the explicit disabling is why I think we want the ability to pass metadata via KIO::Job::addMetaData. On the GUI side we'd open a fopendialog with smb-browse-printers=true as metadata to switch the smb.so into a mode where it'd list printers rather than files.
OTOH having written that I realize we could also do it the other way around and have the printers listed with some vendor mimetype that the printer manager registers for. Which is kinda how windows does it. Then smb.so would always list printers. With dolphin it'd open through the mimetype association while from inside the printer manager it'd simply put a mimetype filter on the dialog. Vendor mimetypes are fairly meh though.
A possibly relevant merge request was started @ https://invent.kde.org/utilities/print-manager/-/merge_requests/15
Git commit b8e53b23b177983886c673cb617e794069d6c917 by Harald Sitter.
Committed on 20/12/2021 at 21:27.
Pushed by sitter into branch 'master'.
enable the smb browse button
M +25 -1 add-printer/ChooseSamba.cpp