[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#650091: Bug#650091: libpam-winbind package description
jelmer at samba.org
Sun Nov 27 02:43:06 UTC 2011
On 11/27/2011 03:17 AM, Jonathan Nieder wrote:
> Jonathan Nieder wrote:
>> I assume that in practice, the main problem is that anyone searching
>> with "apt-cache search NetBIOS" is not going to find the package.
> On second thought: looking over the current description of the winbind
> package, I am already happy with it. I guess libpam-winbind should
> just say
> This package provides PAM modules and NSS plugins to integrate
> winbind into the system's authentication and user/group/hostname
> lookup mechanisms.
> and leave the talk of NetBIOS and detailed use cases to the "winbind"
> package description. For reference, here's that description, in case
> someone has ideas for improvements.
> Description: Samba nameservice integration server
> Samba is an implementation of the SMB/CIFS protocol [...]
> This package provides winbindd, a daemon which integrates authentication
> and directory service (user/group lookup) mechanisms from a Windows
> domain on a Linux system. User/group lookups are configured via
> /etc/nsswitch.conf, and authentication is integrated using the winbind
> module for PAM.
Winbind itself isn't actually related to NetBIOS, and doesn't provide
any NetBIOS-related functionality. I don't think we should talk about
NetBIOS in the winbind package description.
I'm not sure why libpam-wins is in the libpam-winbind package these
days; I imagine most people who use winbind don't actually use
libpam-wins. NetBIOS is usually only used in older style networks
(DOS/Windows '95/'9x/), as people in newer networks will just rely on
DNS. Winbind is exclusively used in domains (Windows NT 4 and up).
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