Is there a reason to have source4 in 3.4 releases?

John H Terpstra - Samba Team jht at
Wed Jul 15 09:06:13 MDT 2009

Derrell Lipman wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 7:47 AM, Michael Adam <obnox at> wrote:
>> Andrew Bartlett wrote:
>>> You could label the folder 'danger-dragons-never-ever-touch'
>>> and still have people ask about it.
>>  No, we have to tell them clearly that there is no samba4 release
>> within the s3 tarball to be supported. For the decision about the
>> removal of the source4 tree from 3.4.1, others should raise their
>> voices. I personally have not problem with it sticking there, but
>> when people agree that it is irritating and misleading, then it
>> should probably go.
> Although I can laugh at Andrew's comment about danger dragons, I don't think
> the situation is quite that dire. Currently there is nothing in the naming
> to indicate how "ready" or "released" samba4 is in relation to samba3
> (except, of course, that it's part of the samba3 release tarball). I like
> the current trend towards Frankie included in the releases. I'd suggest
> simply renaming the samba4 directory, in master and 3.4 branches, to
> samba4-prerelease or samba4-work-in-progress or even
> samba4-prerelease-work-in-progress (the latter is probably overzealous) just
> so it's clear that the samba4 code is not yet production ready. We will
> likely still get occasional questions about it, but at least they're well
> fore-warned. When samba4/Frankie is ready for a real release, the directory
> can be renamed back to samba4.
> Derrell

My last email was too long!  The simple and easy solution is: "Put this
information in the Roadmap."  There is no need to change directory names.

John T.

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