[SAMBA 4] How to proceed?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Wed Sep 10 06:13:57 GMT 2008

On Sat, 2008-09-06 at 15:03 +0200, Matthias Dieter Wallnöfer wrote:
> Dear SAMBA community!
> I've been a SAMBA 4 tester for a year now. Recently, I've discussed with 
> Andrew Bartlett in private about ideas how we could/should continue our 
> work towards the next SAMBA 4 releases. We agreed that SAMBA 4 certainly 
> will have a future in the "Franky" hybrid framework, but also as a 
> standalone software.
> Since the software seems to be stable in many areas, it doesn't make 
> much sense to leave it in the alpha stage. So I'd like to see the next 
> release as a beta.
> I also worried with Andrew about how we could change it so, that people 
> is willing to use it. I've prepared a list of theses to consider:
>     * Standalone server support: There should be implemented a kind of
>       NTFS-POSIX ACL mapping to finish this one. But generally, the
>       fileserver should be nearly feature-complete now.

I think this is the single biggest blocker we have to sensible use of
samba4.  If someone wishes to take this task on, it will be most

>     * Replication: According to Andrew ok.
>     * Packaging: The effort to prepare packages for diffused
>       distributions should continue.
>     * Compatibility with OpenChange: Much work has been done.

On the contrary, OpenChange uses the current tree unmodified.  I don't
know of any more issues they have with our infrastructure at this

>     * Stable database formats
>     * Fix problems with the build system: I've in mind the problem with
>       the uninstallation
>       (https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=5678). Through the
>       next versions we may have also a look at
>       https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4081 (Building outside
>       source directory).
> Smaller issues:
>     * LDB async rewrite: Is there a plan to finish it?
>     * Registry backend: I've prepared a set of patches to fix the server
>       side up. I hope they will be pushed soon.
>     * Printer support: For now I wouldn't implement it.
> I see this email as an expression of my (and partially Andrew's) 
> opinions and as a base to discuss and comment on. Please do so!

To make this concrete - I want to use this to define a path to a beta -
so if your pet 'must be in Samba4 before we call this a beta' is not on
the above list, or already implemented, then speak now...

Other features that I think are required before a release is made would

Trusted domain support - at least at the KDC and inbound level (outbound
trusts imply a better functioning winbindd than we have to hand). 

I also agree that we should fix up the IPv6 situation, but this is
always seems to be trickier than one would prefer...

Andrew Bartlett

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