Proposal: filename map

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Fri Jun 12 12:32:09 GMT 1998


first things first: would you like to have a go at abstracting the "map
username" code?

we need to use it [the code that currently only reads the "map username" 
option] in other places, and your suggestion is one of them. 

On Fri, 12 Jun 1998, Kevin Currie wrote:

> Hello,
> After using samba for about a year now on my home network, and for a couple
> months now on my work network, I feel that I'm familiar enough with most of
> the tricks with the % variables to know there isn't a clean way to solve my
> problem, which is this:
> I use samba at home to share a lot of DOS programs.  Most of the ones I have
> problems with are games, emulators, etc, but this option would be nice for
> other stuff too.  These programs want their config files in their directory
> and to be a certain name.  This is a problem when you have a very
> heterogeneous computer enviornment as far as hardware is concerned.  I would
> like to be able to have the config files available to the programs
> (transparently) on a per machine basis.
> What would be ideal is an option like the one for remapping usernamed, but
> for files.  One that would interpret the samba variables. So that I could
> define some like:
> /home/samba/games/doom/doom.cfg = /home/samba/%m/doom.cfg
> Now, I understand there could be some speed concerns related to this.  Any
> wise person would only have a handful of mappings in this file.  Because of
> the speed concerns, this is probably an option that would have its code left
> in or out at compile time.
> I have looked at the samba source a little bit, enough for it to confuse the
> hell out of me.  I have never done any unix programming before, but I do
> have DOS experience.  I would be willing to try and code this, but I would
> need help.  I'm hoping that it might be as simple as when a file open call
> is made to samba, I can simply call a function that will translate the
> filename string before any system calls are made.  This is something I know
> I can program.  So, to the developers, does this sound possible?
> Also, if this sounds like a useful option to anyone else out there, please
> let me know.  I am not a subscriber to either of these lists, so please
> reply to me and the list.
> Thanks,
> Kevin Currie

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