[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#385261: Samba does _not_ accept all samba variables for log file

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Wed Apr 25 12:28:09 UTC 2007

severity 385261 minor

Quoting N VZ (enveezee at gmail.com):
> Package: samba-doc
> Version: 3.0.22-1
> Severity: important
> The html document "Using Samba" contains false information indicating in
> chapter 6, table 6-8 that log file accepts all samba variables and it
> certainly does not. Also in chapter 12, it mentions logging for each service
> using log file = /var/log/samba/%S.log which doesn't do anything but create
> that file literally an log to it. The documentation describes false logging
> features and makes it misleading and effects its usability for users seeking
> such logging methods. I will look into working on a correction and supplying
> a patch to remove this false information and request that it be updated.

AFAIK, this document is the only document that mentions this and it is
a book that was written back in the days of Samba 2.2.

Being the content of a published document, this document should not be
changed...which does not mean we shouldn't provide it.

Also, it is well advertised that this document is likely to be

<i>Using Samba</i>, Second Edition is a comprehensive guide to Samba
administration. It covers all ver sions of Samba from 2.0 to 2.2,
including selected features from an alpha version of 3.0, as well as
the SWAT graphical configuration tool. Updated for Windows 2000, ME,
and XP, the book also explores Samba's new role as a primary domain co
ntroller and domain member server, its support for the use of Windows
NT/2000/XP authentication and filesystem security on the host Unix
system, and accessing shared files and printers from Unix clients.

So, IMHO there is at worst a minor bug here and, at best, no bug at
all. The smb.conf(5) manpage explains very well and accurately which
substitutions can be used and where they can be used


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