[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#249873: (samba-common: debian samba ignores "private dir" directive) is also a problem with virtual hosts in Samba

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Wed Sep 7 14:06:43 UTC 2011

reopen 249873


Bug#249873 (samba-common: debian samba ignores "private dir"
directive) was closed together with three other merged bug reports
because http://bugs.debian.org/297925 (Please support running multiple
instances) was closed with "wontfix".

Nevertheless, despite all the other bugs were merged together, they
are not the same problem, but merely problems which occurred when
trying to do a setup as described in http://bugs.debian.org/297925 and
seemed not to have any other ill side effects. But in the meanwhile,
they do, at least this bug (#249873) does:

Newer Samba versions support virtual hosts which are a way easier to
setup alternative to running multiple instances. But if you want more
than one virtual host to join a domain (compared to just use
workgroups), you need seperate privat_dir settings for each virtual
host. With the current FHS patch (as in Squeeze and Natty at least)
only one virtual host can join a domain.

If you configure several virtual hosts to join a domain only the last
one succeeds by overwriting data of the previously started virtual
hosts because they share the same private_dir.

This is especially annoying in a heterogene environment where you have
Macs, Linux and Windows PCs accessing the Samba as they unfortunately need
disjunct configurations to work properly. (IIRC unix extensions caused
a lot of problems with Macs, but were needed with Linux PCs mounting
Samba shares, otherwise stuff like 

P.S.: I didn't not remove the "wontfix" tag as this is purely a
maintainer's decision, but I'd be happy if you would not regard this
bug report as the same issue as http://bugs.debian.org/297925 anymore
and remove that tag.

P.P.S.: Currently this issue also hinders local admins to implement
what has been suggested in http://bugs.debian.org/297925 to implement
locally instead of implementing support in the Debian package, but as
mentioned above, this is not the only issue, #249873 causes.

		Regards, Axel
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