browse defaults

Matt Chapman matty at
Sat Sep 25 17:05:58 GMT 1999

On Sun, Sep 26, 1999 at 02:47:55AM +1000, Gerald Carter wrote:
> I have had one group of people froma  Windows shop 
> comment that Samba screws up their browsing becasue 
> people will install a linux box running Samba that takes
> over the locxal browse master position but is not 
> configured to point at WINS.

And what, they don't complain when a Windows box does this?
I've personally seen countless browsing problems from poorly 
configured Win95 boxes spontaneously taking over LMB.

> However the general comment was that Samba does not 
> plop into an existing network (plopped down by an 
> inexperienced admin) and play fair.

In what way? I should think Samba does very little intrusive 
in its default configuration. How much lower than "os level = 0" 
can you go?

Or did they do something darn silly themselves like setting 
"domain logons"? Maybe we should make the configuration file
immutable? :-)

> One possible solution would be to simply provide 
> better (and possiblt multiple) default configuration 
> files based upon the propsed usage.  For example,
> have a setup script that asks questions to attempt
> to determin ethe environment in wehich the server 
> will run.

I think this is a good idea (I remember Debian GNU/Linux packages 
do something like this?)... but a large number of users will 
still be installing from rpm and other formats which require 
non-interactive installation scripts, so we need to arrive some 
reasonable defaults anyway. 


Matthew "Austin" Chapman
SysAdmin, Developer, Samba Team Member

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