libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?
Christopher R. Hertel
crh at nts.umn.edu
Fri Jan 5 04:17:09 GMT 2001
Kevin Colby typed this up:
> What I'm still not sure of is, if in the above example, the machine in
> question runs a Samba server in addition to being a client, when setting
> up the server's smb.conf, would you specify that the server's "workgroup"
> for the purposes of domain membership be the local domain or the central
Yes, this is a reasonable question. In more generic terms, the question
is this: should the same file be used for server and client
I am not worried about this, because the only thing that libsmbclient
really needs is a file in the same format with all the required values
filled in. It doesn't need to be the very same file.
> In an smbc.conf, these parameters could both be there and be
> named anything, but if you are inheriting smb.conf parameters, it would
> not be wise to change their meaning from smb.conf to smbc.conf.
I see this point too. That the meaning of a given parameter should not
be changed. However:
> So, if
> the server were joining the local domain, the parameters "workgroup" and
> "auth domain" might make sense, but if the server joins the central
> domain, better would be "workgroup" and "browse". The definition of
> "workgroup" in an smbc.conf should mirror its meaning when inherited
> from smb.conf.
The meaning of WORKGROUP in smb.conf is a bit broader than you suggest, I
think. In any case, the AUTH DOMAIN parameter would be fairly specific to
client activity and would be ignored by Samba itself. I don't like the
term "browse" in this context, because that's what "workgroup" really
> That's all. Sorry if I've made a big deal about nothing.
As long as it doesn't turn into a shouting match we're okay. The more we
all know about all of this stuff the better. The emperor has no clothes.
Christopher R. Hertel -)----- University of Minnesota
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