samba 4: a new configuration system?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Thu Jun 23 05:51:40 GMT 2005

On Thu, 2005-06-23 at 07:45 +0200, Stefan (metze) Metzmacher wrote:

> the main problem I see with a text based config is that we need to kepp
> an in memory copy of the parameters, need to manually resync this cache when
> the text file has changed. and things like adding delete and mofify shares,
> from smbd itself is not so easy. It's very hard to keep the structure of the file
> and the comments on it when you change any parameter for a share via RPC calls.

Is it really that hard?  Sometimes the comments might move around, but
why should changing;

foo frob support = yes


foo frob support = no

require changing anything other than that line?

Why can't we just add new parameters (non-default value) to the end of
the section?  Tools like redhat's system-config-samba might not produce
perfect, pretty results, but they do keep the comments...

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                      
Samba Developer, SuSE Labs, Novell Inc.
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College
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