Samba's response to a node status query includes a MAC Addr of0:0:0:0:0:0

Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Tue Apr 20 22:20:10 GMT 2004

"Gerald (Jerry) Carter" wrote:
> Christopher R. Hertel wrote:
> >> Would it be important to fix?
>  >
> > Not important.  We've done it this way for a very, very
>  > long time.  There have, in the past, been a few people who have
>  > asked for us to add this but their reasons were generally loopy.
>  > Trying to use node status queries to inventory the systems on their
>  > network, for instance (forgetting that not all systems run NBT).
> I will add that I would really rather not include the
> MAC address.  This is my personal opinion.  But I have
> a gut feeling that the mail load on samba at will
> increase if we change this due to broken scripts, or "I
> don't want people to know my MAX addr", etc....

I think we could modify nmblookup so that it could *optionally* report the
MAC address it receives.  We'd need to add a switch to do this.  As for
Samba (nmbd) reporting it's interface MAC address... We've never done it so
I don't really think it's necessary.

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