Adding a feature to the smbd

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Sun Jan 21 23:14:27 GMT 2001

At 11:49 PM 1/21/01 +0100, Thomas Langås wrote:
>Richard Sharpe:
>> In [profiles] you can use environment variables in the path:
>>   [profiles]
>>     path = /some/path/%$(PROFILE_PATH)
>> You set up a file in a root exec for the netlogon share, as you are
>> probably logging on ... and then you use the 'source environment' parameter
>> before the path parameter in your [profiles] share to read the environment
>> variable.
>OK, I see, didn't know this feature, and it didn't seem like anyone else on
>the regular samba list did, either. I asked there before I made the patch,
>and no one knew a solution to my problems. I didn't even know you could use
>environment variables in the config-file :-)
>With this in mind, I don't see any reason to keep the patch either. You can
>do anything you want with the "source environment" first, as a shell script,
>and then just read the environment-variables later on.
>Why isn't the possibility to use %$(ENV_VAR) mentioned in the docs? At
>least, I can't see it anywhere... 

Sigh, I know ... I checked in the man page, and could not find it ...
However, I remember the discussion about it from about March/April last
year, and it made it into Special Edition, Using Samba :-)

A doco update is needed ...


Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
Samba (Team member,, Ethereal (Team member,
Contributing author, SAMS Teach Yourself Samba in 24 Hours
Author, Special Edition, Using Samba

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