Head stability [Was Re: [Fwd: Re: [PATCH] Fix Name mangling in HEAD]]

Simo Sorce idra at samba.org
Tue Mar 26 05:48:02 GMT 2002

On Tue, 2002-03-26 at 13:06, David Lee wrote:
> On 26 Mar 2002, Simo Sorce wrote:
> > [...]
> > Please Andrew, HEAD is an alpha version, if we do not experiment there
> > where shoud we? If I give an option (that was there in the first
> > commits) who would have used it?
> I'm suddenly getting worried...
> I fully appreciate that HEAD is developmental, and so non-production. 
> Thus any of us "end-users" who choose to checkout from it do so on a
> strictly "own risk" basis, and that we should not put it anywhere near
> production.  Fine.
> Nevertheless, I had been under the impression, subject to the above
> caveats, that HEAD was basically intended to be heading towards stability,
> whose innovation aspects would be reasonably tested.  So that, although
> there might be temporary glitches, problems and inconsistencies, it would
> still be reasonably useable by those of us own-risk, read-only, end-user,
> development folk. 
> But Simo's comment implies that HEAD may be a place for experiment by the
> Samba Team.  Where does "reasonably tested innovation" end, and
> "experiment" begin?  I would have thought that "experiment" basically
> belongs in a non-HEAD branch or personal sandpit (just as any of us
> non-Team folk would do), with HEAD being reserved for stuff that has
> already basically had its principles peer-reviewed. 

I try to not commit broken code or code that will make any harm to files
or other configurations. Think of this "experiment" of a controlled one!

> My own interest?  In the next couple of months we are making major changes
> to our local fileserving and authentication services, which will
> inexorably push us towards Active-Directory/PAM use of Samba.  So I was
> just about to check out HEAD for our local development environment.  If
> not HEAD, then where should I go for a stable-ish version of the emerging
> ADS/PAM Samba?

samba 3.0 (at some point we will branch off it from HEAD) will be your


Simo Sorce
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