[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#649265: Bug#649265: Bug#649265: winbind: add wins to nsswitch.conf

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Sat Nov 19 19:39:27 UTC 2011

On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 02:40:56PM +0100, Luk Claes wrote:
> On 11/19/2011 02:26 PM, Osamu Aoki wrote:

> > As I understand, winbind is a package to help integrate a machine into a
> > Windows network. Documentation in "Integrating MS Windows Networks with Samba"
> >  http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-HOWTO-Collection/integrate-ms-networks.html
> > is a good resource for novice like me.  It seems we need to add wins to nsswitch.conf.

> > Then I realize, libnss-mdns does put its entries into nsswitch.conf via package
> > script.  I thought it may be nice for winbind to do the similar.

> Are you actually having difficulties? WINS is not used by recent Windows
> anymore and could better be avoided if possible.

The nss_wins module handles all NetBIOS name resolution, including broadcast
resolution.  So while no one with a recent version of Windows is likely to
be setting up WINS, it's still the only way to resolve (at the Unix level)
Windows hostnames that aren't in DNS.

So it's still relevant, although I certainly wouldn't have the package
enabling this by default.  (In my first reply, I mistakenly thought this bug
report was about nss_winbind, which probably *should* be enabled by default,
if an appropriate updating mechanism were made available.)

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