wins.dat and non-ASCII netbios names

David Collier-Brown davec-b at
Thu Jan 27 18:44:24 GMT 2005

 --- Volker Lendecke <Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE>
> On Thu, Jan 27, 2005 at 05:50:38PM +0100, Simo Sorce
> wrote:
> > Why not just replacing wins.dat with wins.tdb ?
> > We can build a simple editing tool that support
> i18n if tdbtool is not
> > enough.
> We've been there, with the current nmbd structure
> wins.tdb for my taste does
> not give us enough, sacrificing easy readability.

Yes, the standard tdb doesn't have a mechanism for
associating comments/annotations to the data, and
it doesn't have the simplicity and generality of
Unix config files

I'd like to see a way of associating
 - comments with "the beginning of the file"
 - comments with the head of each name section
 - comments with individual options,
and, if there is a sane way to do it, 
- comments with an arbitrary group of options.

That would make it expressive enough to store
that data, and be able to both store and reload
it from a single-file textual format.

It would not address include processing, however:
that might be a special case of my "arbitrary group 
of options", a named set...


David Collier-Brown,         | Always do right. This will gratify
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