[PATCH] New external idmap module

simo idra at samba.org
Tue May 30 23:26:22 GMT 2006

On Tue, 2006-05-30 at 16:19 -0700, Jeremy Allison wrote:
> On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 06:48:42PM -0400, simo wrote:
> > Dave I created this daemon just to solve the same problems you have.
> > I need it for Quest's VAS product which I think you know very well :-)
> > Any help and enhancement is very welcome.
> So what we have here is a tension between the needs of Samba,
> and the needs of an employer. I'm very familiar with such
> problems, I had to create (barf) a setuid program recently
> for just such an issue (don't ask, I'm embarrassed about it :-).
> Sometimes there are needs for such things, but if there's contention
> about the best way to implement things then in the main tree might
> not be the best place.
> In this case what we might do is have an area of the Wikki for "Samba
> plug-ins" - code/patches that might not be in the main tree and is maintained
> by the individual authors but is a central point from which Samba
> users and admins can get the code - without it being "blessed" by
> being in an official release.
> Comments anyone ?

The idea was to build up a generic module that would solve these
tensions so that vendors and users are not required to create an endless
list of idmap_something modules, with potential misunderstandings in the
application of he GPL and basically a lot of work done again and again
and again.

I could have build my own private patch for my own distributed branch of
samba, instead I was trying to make something usable by as many as

This module have the potential of making happy a good number of users
and vendors which will concentrate on their idmap daemon and will be
able to run an unmodified samba by just configuring it properly.

I think this is a good thing, getting things easier is a remarkable goal


Simo Sorce
Samba Team GPL Compliance Officer
email: idra at samba.org

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