Network PDF Printer for SME 7

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Network PDF Printer for SME 7

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Uninstall the Network PDF Printer contrib by running this command:

rpm -e smeserver-pdf-over-lan

If you want to completely uninstall the contrib as well as all its dependencies, you can use the following command: 

Warning: this uninstallation command will disable Hylafax, if you have it installed.

rpm -e xorg-x11-xfs urw-fonts chkfontpath ghostscript ghostscript-fonts \
smeserver-pdf-over-lan VFlib2 xorg-x11-font-utils fonts-xorg-base

Install the Packages

cd ~
yum localinstall -y --enablerepo=base \


You might desire to have the newly-created PDF files dropped somewhere besides the default 'pdfdrop' I-bay.  If so, edit the /usr/bin/printpdf script:

vi /usr/bin/printpdf

Change the print location by modifying the OUTDIR location:


Windows PDF Printer Driver

Simple Method

Add a new network printer to the Windows client PC.  Browse to the \\server\pdf printer share and use the Apple Color Laserwriter 12/600 driver.

Less Simple Method

This method may give you more control of your PDF output files.

On a Windows PC, download the Adobe postscript print driver and the Adobe Acrobat Distiller .ppd (postscript printer definition) file.

Extract the ppd archive and save the ADIST5.PPD (English) file. The others are for other languages.

The Adobe printer driver is a self-installing Windows executable. Run it and try to install the network PDF printer. When prompted, choose the ADIST5.PPD file and 'Acrobat Distiller'.

If you have problems getting the Adobe postscript driver installed as a network printer, try installing it as a local printer then go in to the printer properties after the installation and change the port to the UNC path of the printer (\\servername\pdf).

Retrieve PDF Files

The newly created .pdf files are left in the \\servername\pdfdrop file share on the server. 

You may choose to also modify the logon script to map a drive letter to this new I-Bay to make accessing the newly created PDF files easier.

Last Updated on Sunday, 20 July 2008 09:20