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iPrint Driver Copy Script for Migrating iPrint NetWare Drivers to OES Linux


October 10, 2008 6:10 pm






Download iprint-driver-copy-1

The iPrint Driver Copy script copies printer drivers from a NetWare Broker (or multiple Brokers) to a Linux Driver Store.

Platforms Supported:

OES1 and OES2 (32 and 64 bit)

Installation Instructions:

  1. Download the iprint-driver-copy-1.0.tgz file.
  2. Open a Terminal window and type “su”.
  3. Enter root’s password.
  4. Extract the script from the tarball.

    #tar –xzvf iprint-driver-copy-1.0.tgz
  5. Make the script executable.

    #chmod 755
  6. Copy the NetWare resdir directory (sys:\ndps\resdir\) to the Linux server’s tmp directory.
  7. Run the driver copy script for each desktop OS

    #./ -p /directory/ -r

    Ex: ./ -p /tmp/resdir/ENGLISH/Prndrv/winXP -r

    Note: If the -r switch is not used, the Driver Store will need to be manually restarted.

Note: Using a -h will display other parameter options to make the process more automated.
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Categories: Cool Tools, iPrint, Open Enterprise Server, Technical

Disclaimer: This content is not supported by Micro Focus. It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test it thoroughly before using it in a production environment.


  1. By:Anonymous

    I can see where this could come in handy if something goes wrong, but are there any advantages to using this script over the general migration utilities?

    • By:Anonymous

      There are advantages.

      1. The migration fails and you would like to still copy over drivers and use the iPrint Linux XML Generator Script to import the printers. The only additional step would be that you would need to associate the driver with the printer agents through iManager. Here is the link for that script:

      2. You can also copy over drivers that are in a broker but are not currently associated to a printer agent. The regular migration utility does not copy drivers over in this type of situation.

      You can also combine multiple brokers into one folder structure and then run the utility and it will get rid of all the duplicates drivers when the driver store loads. You now have consolidated multiple brokers into one driver store.

  2. By:Anonymous

    All I get are lots of error messages that it cannot access /var/opt/novell/iprint/resdir/drivers/…. and that it cannot access

    It would be nice if it worked bcause we didn’t migrate, we setup a different Tree and moved all the users into it.

    I’m more than a bit disgusted that OES2 has no printer drivers at all. We shouldn’t have to migrate them. All the latest drivers should have been included!

    • By:jmeldrum

      After reading the instructions, I realized that some of the instructions were not very clear. I have modified the instructions to make them more clear. The -p should point to the place where the drivers were copied to. Let me know if it works for you.

  3. By:jareddbaber

    I needed to add a / after winXP to get this to work.
    ./ -p /tmp/resdir/ENGLISH/Prndrv/winXP/ -r

  4. By:wanman

    It worked for me. Thanks to Jmeldrum for writing the script and jareddbaber for submitting his comment which made the script work.

  5. By:jjlewis

    This scriptsfor me. I appreciate all efforts done around this as it will help with my migration project. My previous remarks were meant for the other script to migrate printer agents from Netware to OES2. I am not able to get that script to work. Has any one gotten this to work?

    iPrint Linux XML Generator Script for moving printers from NetWare to OES Linux

  6. By:smily_03

    This worked awesomely!

    There was a small typo in the script for vista64, so I resolved that and added support for win7 – the updated version is available from here