SWAT demo

Christopher R. Hertel crh at NTS.Umn.EDU
Tue Mar 10 22:22:09 GMT 1998

I'd like to see a command line interface to all of these features so that 
other front-ends could be built on top of them.

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Chris -)-----

> Hi,
> I thought I'd outline some ideas I have for SWAT in the hope of
> getting some feedback. You may want to have a look at the SWAT demo at
> http://samba.anu.edu.au:901/ to see what it does now.
> Eventually I want SWAT to become a comprehensive Samba management
> tool. Some things I'd like to see are:
> - password changing
> - manage smbpasswd (add/delete users etc)
> - start/stop server
> - be able to run the disgnosis steps from DIAGNOSIS.txt
> - status monitoring (smbstatus style)
> - be able to kill off individual connections
> - wizard style config building
> There are also some obvious flaws with what has already been done:
> - help is ghastly
> - ordering of parameters needs to be looked at
> - some parameters which are share parameters need to be available at
>   the global level (especially "hosts allow" and friends)
> - images are just doodles 
> On the positive side, here are some good features of SWAT:
> - built in mini web server so you don't need a web server installed to
>   manage a Samba server, you just need a browser
> - links to loadparm.c so it automatically makes available new
>   parameters as they are added to Samba.
> - it's quite small (< 500 lines of code currently) 
> - layout and dialog building is done automatically based on the type 
>   fields in loadparm.c
> Matthew Tippett (mtippett at linuxsa.org.au) is the main one doing SWAT
> work besides myself. He is especially looking at the layout and GUI
> design of the system which is something I am terrible with :-)
> Cheers, Andrew

Christopher R. Hertel -)-----                   University of Minnesota
crh at nts.umn.edu              Networking and Telecommunications Services

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