New configuration backends for Samba 3 SoC project

simo idra at
Wed May 31 12:47:37 GMT 2006

On Tue, 2006-05-30 at 23:36 -0700, Raymond Lillard wrote:
> Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
> > Mingwang,
> > I think the first challenge is to abstract the interface
> > used by Samba servers and tools to query values from
> > the config backend.  To make any move towards a richer
> > configuration backend, we will have to continue to
> > support a "legacy" smb.conf file.  I'm not as worried
> > about actually implementing this legacy support during
> > SoC, just keeping the requirements in the back of our
> > minds.  The advantage of using a library like libelektra
> > is that it abstracts the query/set calls from the actual
> > data storage.
> Jerry,
> I'm just want to make sure the above paragraph is assurance
> that a text file based configuration capability is not
> going away in Samba-4 and/or in the not just foreseeable
> future, but also the imaginable future.
> Many of us maintain Samba on servers that are far too
> away to travel to.  Furthermore, most of the severs
> I build/maintain do not have any graphical h/w or s/w
> available by intention.
> I don't care whether it is in the present form of smb.conf
> or something more structured, losing text based management
> of Samba would be nothing short of a travesty.
> I pass no judgment on those who want a GUI for Samba, give
> it to them  -- but please don't make paranoid curmudgeons
> such as myself load X on a Samba server just to manage it.

Raymond don't worry, ldb files can always be managed with ldbedit and
your editor of choice, the format you will see is ldif based


Simo Sorce
Samba Team GPL Compliance Officer
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