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

David Collier-Brown davec-b at rogers.com
Wed May 9 13:22:38 GMT 2007

   Ok, Alison, want to propose a patch to Andrew?

   And I'll then resurrect my crosscheck project, then, for the Samba 4


Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> 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
> sense...
> 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

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