[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#437534: Bug#437534: winbind: please add wins to nsswitch.conf by default

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Wed Apr 2 16:54:06 UTC 2008

tags 437534 wontfix

Quoting Lukasz Szybalski (lszybalski at uniqueinsuranceco.com):
> Hello,
> As a Programmer and IT with 60 users on the network and 6 servers, with 
> 3 internal webistes I have to say that automatically resolving names via 
> WINS hostname should be enabled by default!!!

That is your opinion.

As in charge of personal computing in an organisation with 1000 users
on the network, dozens of servers and an undertermined number of
websites, this is not mine. We resolve names with the DNS.

> 1. Not a whole lot of people know how and which program is responsible 
> for hostname resolution. (It took me 3 months before I found myself on a 
> right track)
> 2. I see a lot of use for it. Internal websites, they all use hostname 
> instead of ip addresses. You are looking for a computer share but you 
> don't know which server its on? If this is enabled you can easily find 
> it. If its not enabled then you have to switch to windows because 
> windows has it as a default, and you don't have to to be searching 3 
> months on how to enable hostname lookup. (That is bad!)
> 3. Windows has this feature enabled and as soon as you need to connect 
> to a dynamic ip computer that changes its ip address every few days, you 
> will love the fact that its enabled. (Not sure how mac does it)
> I don't see ANY problems with enabling it by default? People are asking 
> for it, therefore this bug, so what is stopping us from making it happen?

Sorry, packages are not here to be a substitution to system
adminstration courses.

Anyway, this is the Debian policy that packages do *not* modify
configuration files owned by another package. 

/etc/nsswitch.conf is provided and owned by base-files. As far as I
know, no package providing Name Service Switch libraries does modify
that file and I actually don't see any reason for winbind to do
so....even by asking to users.

Other samba package maintainers or Samba upstream developers on the
list, please feel free to object but my understanding is that this bug
report is to be tagged wontfix.

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