Revamp of libsmbclient

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Thu Feb 28 19:26:24 GMT 2008

On Thu, Feb 28, 2008 at 02:10:29PM -0500, Derrell Lipman wrote:
> Reference the clean-up of libsmbclient that I've been discussing...
> This patch is large, so I suspect viewing the patch itself won't be
> useful.  You can pull from the us2: /data/git/derrell/samba3 repository.
> You'll want the libsmbclient-reorg branch.
> Note that only minimal change was required to a few
> of the example applications and no change was required to other applications
> for them to work with this new libsmbclient, although they did of
> course require recompiling since this is not ABI compatible.
> As noted in the commit message, this patch doesn't yet handle the
> authentication function changes (and I believe I'll be able to have a
> backward-compatibility mode for those so that user apps won't require
> changes to their auth functions).
> I'd really like to do this change.  Maintaining the status quo means
> that libsmbclient will be almost entirely in a bug-fix maintenance
> mode, but taking this opportunity, during a major version number
> change, to upgrade the interface to something that is then easily kept ABI
> compatible in the future allows for more features to be added.
> Yes it will cause the distros a bit of work and I understand the
> resistance, but forever maintaining code that's not easily and cleanly
> extended is, to me, the wrong thing to do.
> Awaiting the cries of agony.  Please take a look and provide comments.

Can you restructure it in a way that it leaves the existing
libsmbclient as is around? I would volunteer to keep it up
and maintain it.

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