Re-Raising the mDNS patch after CIFS workshop discussion

Tim Potter tpot at
Wed Oct 10 04:33:12 GMT 2007

On Wed, 2007-10-03 at 08:20 -0700, James Peach wrote:

> >> FWIW, the smb service already has a TXT record defined, according to
> >> <>:
> >>
> >> smb             Server Message Block over TCP/IP
> >>                  Defined TXT keys: u=<username> p=<password>  
> >> path=<path>
> >>
> >> It doesn't look like a particularly useful set of keys and I've never
> >> heard of anyone actually using it.
> >
> > Yikes...  Can we redefine this (does anything at all use this?), or  
> > will
> > standards-based clients forever expect to parse these useless strings?
> The keys are optional. We can modify the definition if we have a  
> consensus on new keys.

I can't imagine what to do with the existing keys.  Very odd.

How about reproducing the information in smbclient -L in the TXT keys?
I.e sharename, type (disk, printer or ipc) and comment.  The "hidden"
shares should probably not be broadcast.


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