error in Man pages

William Jojo jojowil at
Fri Jul 20 16:29:26 GMT 2001

That's cool, but you might want to check the code for 2.2.1a as it didn't
work as a share option and "testparm" reported it as 

Global parameter utmp found in service section!

It finally did work wonderfully when I put in the global section.

If I can help, let me know....


On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, David Lee wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Jul 2001, William Jojo wrote:
> > The "utmp" option is listed as a "share" option (S) and should be listed
> > as "global" (G).
> As originally written and (almost) stabilised by 2.0.7, most of the
> auxiliary "utmp <blah>" parameters are global (G) to give overall details
> about the server (e.g. "utmp directory").  And most of these parameters
> are frills rather than core, simply to override defaults.  (Indeed, one
> simplistic view is that we put them in simply to help debug this highly
> system-specific aspect and they accidentally stayed...!  See later.) 
> But the actual "utmp" itself is specifically and deliberately per-share
> (S), to act as a boolean on/off switch on that particular share.  This is
> to allow the system administrator to select which shares are recorded and
> which not.
> [ History: the development of utmp support was a long process, mainly
> because utmp processing is highly variable across OSes.  Many folk
> provided valuable input to me as its co-ordinator.  We had some good
> debates and discussions, but this particular operating model (i.e. "utmp"
> is a per-share switch) was agreed (or at least, never questioned). ]
> I believe that 2.2.0 maintained this model.  I haven't tried 2.2.1(a) 
> yet, but I believe this model was maintained.  (I understand there has
> also been considerable code re-structure, but without changing the
> per-share model.)
> My personal view is that the per-share model is correct.  (Although, as
> its primary author, "I would say that, wouldn't I?")  But, as the song
> says, "I'm open to persuasion".
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