[Pkg-samba-maint] Bug#726472: Bug#726472: share passwords not working after upgrade from samba3

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at dekkers.ch
Tue Oct 22 14:55:16 UTC 2013

At Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:16:31 -0700,
Steve Langasek wrote:
> Ok.  I think we need to undo this /var/lib/samba/private nonsense.  It is a
> pointless and imperfect migration (as shown by this bug report), and the
> only rationale upstream ever gave for keeping these files in a separate
> "private" directory is some stupid and ancient target OS that couldn't
> properly set per-file permissions.  Debian users have been using
> /var/lib/samba exclusively for the better part of a decade; migrating to
> this private/ directory adds no value for our users.

I disagree. Putting private stuff in /var/lib/samba/private might be
nonsense, but this is what upsteam decided and using the same location
as upstream is far from pointless. In my opinion it is the other way
around and it would be a pointless deviation from upstream to continue
putting the files in /var/lib/samba instead of /var/lib/samba/private.

And the only reason I can think of that the migration is imperfect is
that we already messed this up earlier, but that would only be an
argument for not continuing with this deviation in my eyes. And if we
indeed messed up then we need to clean it up regardless of what
directory we are going to put the files in.

Kind regards,

Jeroen Dekkers

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