dynamic smb.conf using preexec and include (based on perl & MySQL)

Stephan Lauffer lauffer at ph-freiburg.de
Tue Jun 27 12:00:07 GMT 2000

Hi all!

I´m very close to set up dynamic all share sections in the smb.conf.
But I need to change the behavior of the include parameter.

(Here all shares were defined in a table in MySQL-DB... also every user is listed in
a seperate table. A perl script in creating the include config section).

Now, I´ve the big problem with "include"...

"It takes the standard substitutions, except %u, %P and %S.", says the
smb.conf manual, but I´m dreaming about such things:

preexec = /usr/local/bin/smb_dyn.pl %S %u
inlcude = /var/lib/samba/smb_dyn/%S.%u.inc

Because this is not possible, i´ve to do go some unpleasant ways...
By the time I´ve to do things like that:
   root preexec = /usr/local/bin/smb_dyn.pl %S %u
   include = /var/lib/samba/smb_dyn/wwwscript.inc
(there are many problems... it´s not a fine soulution.)

Now my question: 
Is it possible to change the parsing of smb.con in this way, that it´s
possible to ignore the share configuration until "a real" connection
to the server is made?
Is it possible to allow the substitution with %u and %S?

Think about the posibillities!
You can manage a whole farm of samba servers with only one MySQL DB!
It´s so easy the adminitrate the complete configuratino with php scripts!
No more deleting and changing usernames in the smb.conf files... 

Hoping someone is also interested in such a feature of samba, maybe
we could patch samba or go another way to configure samba with external

Liebe Gruesse,
Stephan Lauffer

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