proposed list of parameter to remove in 3.0.23

Jeremy Allison jra at
Mon May 15 16:45:12 GMT 2006

On Fri, May 12, 2006 at 10:43:43PM -0400, Richard Bollinger wrote:
> We use "magic" as a means of running Unix scripts/programs from
> Windows clients, so that our command line challanged users can run
> Fortran and Cobol programs under the control of VB front ends.  It
> works quite nicely, with the script automatically running under the
> userid of the connected user.  We probably have a dozen or more such
> applications running in production.  Its a bit more secure than rsh
> and a heck of a lot easier to lash up than an ssh based solution.
> I'd happily test a VFS based alternative, but writing one from scratch
> seems quite daunting.  My impression was that VFS *also* has few real
> users and is potentially subject to radical change or removal at any
> time, so I've been reluctant to step there.

The VFS has quite a lot of users actually. Anti-virus and auditing
is done via the VFS.

> Can someone point to an appropriate example VFS module and current
> documentation (and some assurance that the effort will be worthwhile)?

It should be easy to adapt one of the examples in the examples/VFS
directory. Although now you've given an example of using the magic
script we should discuss removing it further (just IMHO).


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