[Pkg-samba-maint] Re: Bug#268010: Any progress on the issue?

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Tue Jan 3 04:26:59 UTC 2006

On Mon, Jan 02, 2006 at 07:07:48PM +0100, Christian Perrier wrote:
> Quoting Sergio Talens-Oliag (sto at debian.org):
> > I'm also interested in being able to run two different samba servers and when
> > trying to set the ldap admin password I've found that bug... is there any
> > reason not to add the given patch or an updated one?

> (patch by Jacobo adding "cache dir" and "state dir" configuration parameters)

> Well, apart from the huge work involved in going through all bug
> reports and triage them, nothing..:-)

> I would vote to forward this patch to upstream because adding new
> configuration parameters impacts the documentation and we certainly
> don't want to have Debian's samba to behave differently from upstream.

Um, it's not an upstream bug.  The Debian FHS patch disables the existing
'lock dir' option because it has non-FHS semantics; and it doesn't provide
runtime configuration options for the internal cache dir and state dir
values, because at the time it was written they seemed unnecessary.  There's
been enough demand for this that they're probably worth adding, though as
has been noted in the past, one can very effectively shoot oneself in the
foot by running two copies of Samba on a single system (if they share the
same directory and don't use kernel oplocks, having separate cache dirs is a
great way to corrupt your data!).

I'm not keen to create Debian-specific smb.conf options, though; the FHS
patch desperately needs to be forwarded/integrated upstream, but this is
going to take a fair amount of time for someone to discuss it with all the
affected parties, work out which branch it should be integrated on, etc.
I'm confident that the FHS patch does the right thing by Debian, but it may
not meet the needs of other vendors.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
vorlon at debian.org                                   http://www.debian.org/
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