Samba management

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at
Wed Jun 21 14:23:51 GMT 2006

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Alexander Bokovoy wrote:

> Love or hate it but we still need GUI management for 
> Samba bundled.  Every other attempt to build it separately
> as open source sucked so far.

But no on uses SWAT because it sucks.  So what's the point?
EJS won't change the fact that we neithyer have the desire
nor the resources to do a good GUI.  Providing a bad one
is really not better than one at all.  Apachae doesn't provide
a GUI for httpd.conf and it seems to be doing ok.

> The trouble is that we'll hardly have an UI for Samba management bundled
> with Samba itself if it is in so hard need by vendors to differentiate.
> I understand the value of making usable perl/python/whatever language is
> used
> by external management software but we already have ejs in samba4 and
> will be using it for initial configuration there as well. Make a librpc

*No* sysadmin knows javascript.  And ejs is not really java
script anyways based on my understanding.  It's an interesting
scripting language for developers but it is another scripting
language to learn.

> interfaces and ejs bindings will come out of others (me, for example).
> Currently SWAT is samba3 is not maintained by anyone, merging it for
> most of functionality with upcoming Samba4 SWAT work is a way to get it
> maintainable and up to date.

I think this is using a elephant gun to shoot a fly.

> From my practical experience (I run samba admins mailing 
> list for Russian-speaking admins which gathers about 500
> admins across exUSSR area) there is steady amount of requests
> related to SWAT usage and configuration through swat.

I believe you, but I don't see this on the samba ml.

cheers, jerry
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