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    This is where sharing each users home folder would help out if they are on the same server so \\server\username$ would take you to the correct place but if you have more than one server it won't work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeddyKGB View Post
    This is a really nice solution - I have it running for students but am prevented setting it up for staff because staff+student home dirs reside on different volumes. Is there a way to make this program save the .pdf to any users homedir rather than hardcoded like \\server\users\students? Consolidating home directories is not really a viable option
    Can you not map the same drive letter to student and staff. Doesnt matter that they are in different locations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisH View Post
    Can you not map the same drive letter to student and staff. Doesnt matter that they are in different locations.
    Yes, yes - all users home drives are mapped with the same letter, is it possible to get pdfcreator to save it that way?

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    I had a look and it looks like it querying the shell folders entry in the registry so I assume if your my docs are redirected properly etc it should go straight to their home dir.

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    OK, mydocs are redirected for the student home dirs, but not for staff - I've tried it with the <MyFiles> variable, but just kicks up an error. It wont work by specifying P:\PDF's because it's expecting the P: drive to be mapped on the server and not the client if you know what I mean :/

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    On Linux you can also fudge it with UnionFS. I need to do that here for some situations (web server related).

    Consider the following:

    I have two windows file servers. One holding the staff my docs, other holding the pupils my docs. They have shares for each top level folder, rather than individual user shares. eg.

    \\server1\pupils\
    \\server2\staff\

    Assuming I'm using autofs on my linux box to mount the above shares. I'll have the following directories present on my system:

    /smb/pupils
    /smb/staff

    Now all I need to do is glue them together with unionfs:

    Code:
    mount -t unionfs -o dirs=/smb/server1/pupils:/smb/server2/staff none /home/
    (I've used /home/ so the mount point is compatible with where Linux expects users home directories to be. This means, for example, you can export this over NFS and have a room full of Linux desktop PCs...).

    You can then alter the cups-pdf printer driver to output to /home/$USER$ and it'll write files to the users my docs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    On Linux you can also fudge it with UnionFS
    Now that's just showing off

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    No, I've entirely fixed the problem you had. All you need to do now is to implement it.
    Last edited by Geoff; 14th March 2008 at 02:59 PM.

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