[Fwd: Samba 2.0.7 and FHS conventions]

David Lee T.D.Lee at durham.ac.uk
Thu Jan 25 10:13:07 GMT 2001

On Thu, 25 Jan 2001, Tim Potter wrote:

> Richard Sharpe writes:
> > Perhaps the locations of all these places should be pulled in via some
> > include file included into the Makefile.
> How about a --with-linux-fhs configure option that just sets
> appropriate values for all the other configuration parameters?

Careful with that "linux"-ism.  From an initial reading of the FHS
document, it is of far wider benefit than merely Linux.  For example it
seems also highly applicable to Solaris, and they seem to have taken
soundings from a wide range of OSes.  (Sure, there will be details to
quibble over, but I suspect that at least 95% could be highly applicable
across the range, and the remaining 5% at least of background benefit.) 

GNU autoconf has certain ideas about installation locations.  The FHS
paper seems to be philosophically aligned with those of GNU autoconf
(again at the 95% level).

The Samba config uses GNU's autoconf, but often seems to go against the
GNU recommendations.

If we were taking a vote on whether to consider bringing Samba into line
with GNU and/or FHS (in principle), I would definitely be in favour.
(Our site runs several integrated Solaris samba servers with upwards of
800 simultaneous connections.)

Perhaps someone from the core Samba Team could say whether the *principle*
of alignment with GNU (and/or FHS) would at least be considered or not. 
If so, then those of us in favour would know it would be worth pursuing
and coming up with the practical suggestions.


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