[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#573084: samba: Please split server binaries into a separate package for use by kvm/qemu/etc

Josh Triplett josh at joshtriplett.org
Mon Mar 8 19:44:34 UTC 2010

Package: samba
Severity: wishlist

Installing the samba package brings in both the samba server binaries
such as smbd and the init scripts to run a systemwide samba server.

However, kvm and qemu can use smbd to run a samba server via their
user-mode networking stacks, for use by the guest.  This requires smbd,
but not a system-wide samba server.

Please consider splitting the samba server binaries into a separate
package, such as samba-bin, and having samba depend on samba-bin and add
the system-wide samba server configuration.  This would allow kvm and
qemu to suggest or even recommend samba-bin without forcing the user to
install and disable the system-wide samba server (or worse, fail to
disable it).

Josh Triplett

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.33-2-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages samba depends on:
ii  adduser                3.112             add and remove users and groups
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  1.5.28            Debian configuration management sy
ii  libacl1                2.2.49-2          Access control list shared library
ii  libattr1               1:2.4.44-1        Extended attribute shared library
ii  libc6                  2.10.2-6          Embedded GNU C Library: Shared lib
ii  libcap2                1:2.17-2          support for getting/setting POSIX.
ii  libcomerr2             1.41.10-1         common error description library
ii  libcups2               1.4.2-9.1         Common UNIX Printing System(tm) - 
ii  libgnutls26            2.8.5-2           the GNU TLS library - runtime libr
ii  libgssapi-krb5-2       1.8+dfsg~alpha1-7 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries - k
ii  libk5crypto3           1.8+dfsg~alpha1-7 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries - C
ii  libkrb5-3              1.8+dfsg~alpha1-7 MIT Kerberos runtime libraries
ii  libldap-2.4-2          2.4.17-2.1        OpenLDAP libraries
ii  libpam-modules         1.1.1-2           Pluggable Authentication Modules f
ii  libpam-runtime         1.1.1-2           Runtime support for the PAM librar
ii  libpam0g               1.1.1-2           Pluggable Authentication Modules l
ii  libpopt0               1.15-1            lib for parsing cmdline parameters
pn  libtalloc1             <none>            (no description available)
ii  libwbclient0           2:3.4.6~dfsg-1    Samba winbind client library
ii  logrotate              3.7.8-4           Log rotation utility
ii  lsb-base               3.2-23            Linux Standard Base 3.2 init scrip
ii  procps                 1:3.2.8-8         /proc file system utilities
pn  samba-common           <none>            (no description available)
ii  update-inetd           4.36              inetd configuration file updater
ii  zlib1g                 1:  compression library - runtime

samba recommends no packages.

Versions of packages samba suggests:
pn  ctdb                          <none>     (no description available)
pn  ldb-tools                     <none>     (no description available)
pn  openbsd-inetd | inet-superser <none>     (no description available)
pn  smbldap-tools                 <none>     (no description available)

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