[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#534595: Bug#534595: samba-common-bin: Uninstallable on experimental

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Fri Jun 26 05:48:55 UTC 2009

clone 534595 -1
retitle -1 samba-common-bin split should be at least documented
severity -1 important

Quoting Nelson A. de Oliveira (naoliv at debian.org):
> Package: samba-common-bin
> Version: 2:3.4.0~rc1-1
> Severity: grave
> Justification: renders package uninstallable
> Hi!
> While trying to find why nmblookup isn't available anymore on my system (*),
> I see this:


> (*) then I saw #524661; shouldn't this split be documented at least in
> NEWS.Debian? It isn't everybody that reads the Debian changelog and sometimes
> it can't be clear that the user needs to now install samba-common-bin too.

You're right on both points (and thanks for the patch which seems

The split indeed deserves *at least* a mention in NEWS.Debian. I even
wonder whether it deserves more. After all, if we end up with our
users "losing" binary utilities such as smblookup or nmblookup because
of the split, then we need to do something. On my profesionnal samba
servers, I happen to have several utility scripts that indeed use
smblookup to perform various tasks  over the network (such as
identifying Windws machines that come on the network without being
properly declared in the DNS...being able to spot them with their
"Windows name" often helps a lot finding the person whowe'll hit with
our base-ball bat)..

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