Distribution of HTML from SAMBA kits with modified filenames/hrefs?

John E. Malmberg wb8tyw at qsl.net
Thu Jun 23 19:07:18 GMT 2005

The existing documentation for SAMBA in HTML format has some problems on
OpenVMS with the filenames.

The problem is that on the older ODS-2 file system, only one period can 
be present in the filename.  And even though that the current ODS-5 file 
system can handle the extra dots, this is only available on the 64 bit 
OpenVMS platforms, and the distribution kits have to be installable on 
ODS-2, as the use of ODS-5 is not mandatory.

A set of scripts have been written for OpenVMS that translate the HREFs 
and the file names so that they are usable on ODS-2 volumes.

The next wrinkle is that I have noticed in the HTML books have some text 
in them about distributing modified versions requiring a prominent 
notice of the change, and to provide the change back to both the 
Copyright Owners and Samba Team.

Does this changing of the filenames and the HREFs constitute enough of a 
change to require such a notice?

Or can the OpenVMS distributions of pre-built SAMBA kits just provide 
the output of the automatic translation? [Preferred]

Note the resulting translated filenames will render the books the same 
way if the VMS distribution is ever copied to a UNIX/LINUX system.

The problem with adding such a notice is that the translation tools 
would have to be made much more intelligent than just doing a global 
text replace that they do now.

wb8tyw at qsl.net
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