Janitorial tasks (like literal '%' in smb.conf)

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue May 8 23:32:38 GMT 2007

On Tue, 2007-05-08 at 08:49 -0400, David Collier-Brown wrote:
> Alison Winters wrote:
> > Indeed.  This fix should be trivial (add an option to alloc_sub_basic to
> > do something like realloc_string_sub(a_string, "%%", "%")).  But it's
> > also silly that backslashes sometimes have meaning and other times do
> > not (see
> > http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba-technical/2007-May/053111.html).  I
> > think Samba would gain a lot from an audit of what values are expected
> > and legal for each smb.conf option.
> 	I did one once upon a time, as part of a proposal to
> 	sanity-check shares for mutually contradictory options,
> 	but we never went anywhere with it.

Yeah, the problem there was that in the Samba world of insanely
configurable options, the mutually contradictory options sometimes made

A few years older and wiser, and I think reducing the number of valid
(or at least unwarned) combinations (even at the expense of some
historical configurations) would be a good thing...

> 	I wonder... there are a lot of little "kernel janitor"
> 	tasks that new contributors or very occasional contributors
> 	like myself might do, but we lack a "supervisor of
> 	cleaning staff" to review and apply proposed changes.
> 	Are any of the core developers interested in the care
> 	and feeding of minor contributors? Of Google summer
> 	students?

A number of us have been mentors for SoC in the past, and are again with
our 2 students this year.  

For Samba4, I'm happy to try and help minor contributions and
contributors along their way. 

Andrew Bartlett
Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Red Hat Inc.                  http://redhat.com
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