SNIA CIFS TR
abartlet at samba.org
Tue Jul 30 02:01:01 GMT 2002
"Michael B.Allen" wrote:
> Don't you think it's kind of funny that Leach and Naik aren't even
> mentioned in the acknowledgements? And they put a Copyright 2001, 2002 SNIA
> in there? This document is a big turd. There are major grammatical errors,
> technical inaccuracies, and huge holes that aren't even mentioned (what's
> the number of seconds between 1601 and 1970 again?). How about this gem on
> page 1:
> "Adoption of a common file sharing protocol having modern semantics
> such as shared files, byte-range locking, coherent caching, change
> notification, replicated storage, etc. would provide important benifits
> to the Internet community."
Unfortunetly the politics SNIA require its current status as a 'proposed
standard', but anyway.
> What a load of crap! Who's going to run a CIFS server on the internet? DCE
> on top of Transactions on top of SMB in front of empty 4 byte NetBIOS
> headers? No thanks! Don't you think it would be worth mentioning that
> SMB_COM_COPY doesn't even work? There's *nothing* about DCE/RPC in here
> except for some incomprehensible banter about PDUs.
Much as we would like to have DCE/RPC documented, it's a lot of work.
> The only stuff that's
> accurate is the original Leach/Naik content.
My understanding is that even that isn't too flash.
> The few corrections I
> submitted have not been fixed so why bother to contibute anything? This
> document is an excuse for the different shadowy clicks to get their little
> two-bit extensions in. And the funny thing is the extensions will never be
> implemented by Windows servers so they're nearly pointless.
Nearly, but not quite. Such extenstions do exist, and they may as well
be publicly documented - not everybody runs windows, and sometimes the
extenstions provide some quite useful features. Samba->Samba
connections are quite common on small networks trying to avoid the
perils of NFS for example.
> I wish someone
> would do a real analysis and write some practical documentation.
A volenteer! Great! I'll see what help I can be, but you might want to
give Chris's site a look - his online book is a very worthwhile read:
Andrew Bartlett abartlet at pcug.org.au
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team abartlet at samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College abartlet at hawkerc.net
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