Samba 3.0.20pre2 Available for Download
Gerald (Jerry) Carter
jerry at samba.org
Tue Jul 12 18:56:49 GMT 2005
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Sometimes you have to be someone
else in order to be yourself.
-- Michael Samuel Finn
This is a preview release of the Samba 3.0.20 code base and
is provided for testing only. This release is *not* intended
for production servers. There has been a substantial amount
of development since the 3.0.14a stable release (and since the
3.0.20pre1 release as well). We would like to ask the Samba
community for help in testing these changes as we work towards
the next official, production Samba 3.0 release. This is
the last anticipated preX release before moving onto the
Release Candidate state of testing.
Additional features introduced in Samba 3.0.20pre2 include:
~ o Experimental, asynchronous IO file serving support.
~ o Completed Support for Microsoft Print Migrator.
~ o New Winbind IDmap plugin (ad) for retrieving uid and gid
~ from AD servers which maintain the SFU user and group
~ o Rewritten support for POSIX pathnames when utilizing
~ the Linux CIFS fs client.
What happened to 3.0.15 - 3.0.19?
After some discussion it was deemed that the amount of changes
going into the next Samba 3.0 release needed something to catch
people's attention. Skipping several releases was chosen as
the best solution with the least overhead. There will be no
3.0.15 - 3.0.19 ever released. The next production release
following 3.0.20 should be 3.0.21.
The original announcement about the version number change can
be found in the samba mailing list archives:
Support for Microsoft Print Migrator
Samba 3.0.20pre2 includes full support for migrating printers from
Windows servers or other Samba servers via the Microsoft Print
Migrator tool. Restoring printers requires a working "add printer
command" defined in smb.conf. Current; support also allows
administrators to create a master list of printer drivers which
can be restored in bulk on new (or existing) Samba installations.
Asynchronous IO Support
Experimental support for async IO has been added to smbd for
certain platforms. To enable this new feature, Samba must be
compiled to include the --with-aio-support configure option.
In addition, the "aio read size" and "aio write size" to non-zero
values. See the smb.conf(5) man page for more details on these
The uncompressed tarballs and patch files have been signed
using GnuPG (ID F17F9772). The source code can be
The release notes are available online at:
Binary packages are available at
Our Code, Our Bugs, Our Responsibility.
The Samba Team
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