Adding a feature to the smbd
sharpe at ns.aus.com
Sun Jan 21 20:52:49 GMT 2001
At 06:23 PM 1/21/01 +0100, Thomas Langås wrote:
>> Yes, I've forgotten to say "if you have not too much IPs" ;)
>> I've also been employed in such a network (in an Italian university) and
>> it is not so enjoyable to have hundreds of symlinks.
>No, it isn't :-)
>> Another way I'm thinking of is to have a different samba configuration
>> every lab maybe using netbios aliases, this way every lab may have it's
>> own shares and profiles. But this really depend on your configuration
>> may be, not suitable.
>We're gonna use this patch for profile shares, and we have a central
>userdatabase with _all_ students (roughly 20000) and _all_ employees (don't
>know the exact number there), and we set the profile-directory there as
>Then, this is set on each client computer. And now, that we're having
>profiles over samba this becomes:
>So up untill now, we've been doing this like this:
>Where profilxxx was for each lab. This isn't actually a very good solution
>since we need to maintain a lot of shares. This is when I thought of giving
>samba the ability of a dynamic-share, which resulted in the patch. So after
>the weekend we're gonna start using this:
>Where the [profiles]-share will be a dynamic share.
OK, now I understand ... This can actually be done with existing facilities
in Samba, in a two step process.
In [profiles] you can use environment variables in the path:
path = /some/path/%$(PROFILE_PATH)
You set up a file in a root exec for the netlogon share, as you are
probably logging on ... and then you use the 'source environment' parameter
before the path parameter in your [profiles] share to read the environment
If you want more info on using environment variables in macros, have a look
at Special Edition, Using Samba.
Richard Sharpe, sharpe at ns.aus.com
Samba (Team member, www.samba.org), Ethereal (Team member, www.zing.org)
Contributing author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
Author, Special Edition, Using Samba
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