html version of smb.conf(5)

John H Terpstra jht at
Mon Dec 29 18:53:30 GMT 2003

On Mon, 29 Dec 2003, Alexander Bokovoy wrote:

> On Mon, Dec 29, 2003 at 11:20:02AM -0600, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
> > Hash: SHA1
> >
> > Alexander Bokovoy wrote:
> >
> > |> Sorry to inconvenience you, but when will this be
> > |> replicated to the mirrors? I've been poking around the
> > |> mirrors, but I can't seem to find a working copy.
> > |
> > | That's Jerry area -- I think everybody is enjoying
> > | holidays these days and updates will follow after New
> > | Year day most probably.
> >
> > actually it looks like something got broken again :-\
> > I need to send you a build log.
> >
> > ~
> That's unfinished Jelmer's attempt to integrate styles of the published
> book -- I'm waiting for him to finish it.
> I would not be available for whole January so please include him into
> communications too.

I've had discussions regarding this with Jelmer over the weekend. He is
still merging style and content information between the HOWTO book and the
HOWTO Collection. This will take a week or two to sort out. It will also
require further software updates for libxml2, and libxslt2 as well as to
the db2latex style sheets.

Speaking personally, I can not wait for the day that the HOWTO book is
fully into CVS. Until then, Jelmer and I have legal obligations to keep
the book up to date. Some of the recent CVS changes in the samba-docs work
against that. This is making it more difficult to keep the two documents
in sync.

In essence, please note that the book style and format must remain
unchanged for the duration of our maintenance contract. The more that the
format and style of the HOWTO Collection changes that the more work we
have to do to met our obligations.

The impact of a recent change has been to reduce the page count from 741
to 680 pages. That creates a significant challenge to explain to
purchasers of more recent printings that a reduction in page count from
741 to 680 pages actually has more (and more up to date) information in
it. :)

Please make sure that all changes and updates to the samba-docs CVS tree
goes through either Jelmer or myself, otherwise we end up having to spend
a lot of time and effort to meet our publishing obligations. Specifically,
I own the legal responsibility towards Prentice Hall on behalf of the
Samba-Team. This is a responsibility that must be considered when changes
are made.

I am not complaining, just putting on record what some of the
considerations are. I agree that the HOWTO Collection must be produced in
a useable and professionally pleasing form, but please do not make any
changes without running them past Jelmer or myself so that our
responsibilities do not become impossible.

John T.
John H Terpstra
Email: jht at

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