Albert Brown abrown at guiworks.com
Tue Dec 21 15:39:44 GMT 1999

I've been reading this thread off and on.

The main issue is smbpasswd is not a config file.  It's used to store
encrypted password hashes.  You most likely will never edit it by hand. I
know I've only edited it once or twice over the years.

You will access via smbpassword, or on the windows side.  It's location is
set by smb.conf which should go in /etc just to make it easy to find
(symlinks are nice).

If the maintainers & the samba team thinks it should go somewhere else, ie,
under /usr/local/samba or elsewhere, fine.  If they feel it is better
protected under a directory that only root can access great.

I for one, would rather only have config files in /etc, not
psuedo-config/data files.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: samba-ntdom at samba.org [mailto:samba-ntdom at samba.org]On Behalf Of
> Andy Bakun
> Sent: Monday, December 20, 1999 7:02 PM
> To: Multiple recipients of list SAMBA-NTDOM
> > Thanks for smacking their hand over this. Redhat has a habit of changing
> > the layout of standard packages (ie Apache, PPP as well as
> samba). It is a
> > real pain because things are never where you expect them and
> you need to do
> > a fairly drastic uninstall before you can update.
> I never can find anything when everything insists on installing somewhere
> inside /usr/local.  Sometimes, they put conf files in
> /usr/local/lib, sometimes
> in /usr/local/etc, sometimes /usr/local/software-package-name/whatever.  I
> personally would prefer that all configuration files go into /etc.  One
> possiblity is to look for conf files in a number of places, like
> when the Linux
> kernel looks for sh when booting into single user mode: look in
> your "package
> dependant location", then look in /etc.
> > I advise people to leave out the major packages when installing
> redhat and
> > get them from the primary source, now I can use security as an
> additional
> > argument !
> I do this with all my mission critical stuff anyway, but I still
> try to get the
> conf files to go into /etc... this way it's easier to backup the
> system: /etc
> gets backed up, binaries in /usr are reinstallable.
> Andy.

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