First alpha of new cifs-utils package

Jeff Layton jlayton at
Mon Feb 8 08:14:08 MST 2010

On Tue, 26 Jan 2010 11:05:48 -0500
Jeff Layton <jlayton at> wrote:

> Lately we've had a number of "security" fire drills that have required
> us to patch all of the previous samba branches. This is a major pain...
> Right now, the cifs utilities in samba (mount.cifs and cifs.upcall) are
> only really there as a matter of convenience. They're not really part
> of samba in any material way, and really ought to be something we
> package separately.
> Decoupling the cifs utils from samba would be easier for distro
> packagers too. No need to do an entire samba release if there's a
> mount.cifs problem and vice versa...
> I'd like to start splitting those tools out into a separate cifs-utils
> git tree and tarball. I'll probably still host those at for
> the forseeable future.
> The main stumbling block at this point is the fact that cifs.upcall
> links in some libsmbclient objects during the build. Before we can
> separate them we'll have to make cifs.upcall not do that. I may need
> some help and guidance from people better versed in krb5 programming.
> Anyone have thoughts or objections to this plan?

Over the weekend, I did a first pass on separating out the cifs
utilities into a separate cifs-utils package. The result so far is here:

    git:// builds and actually seems to work. I took the approach of copying
entire files from samba for a lot of the functions we need. cifs.upcall
is now a lot smaller since we're not sucking in all of those unneeded
objects from the libsmbclient build.

There's probably still quite a bit of work to be done with respect to
autoconf, and cifs.upcall can probably be shrunk even further if we
drop some more routines that we don't actually need.

It's not quite ready for a release yet, but it's usable enough for
people to play with -- let's call this "0.1-alpha".

I don't have a lot of experience in building packages from scratch like
this, and I'm sure there's stuff I've missed. I'd appreciate some
review, testing and patches for anything that's broken.

Eventually, we'll probably want to promote this package to a "top
level" git tree on, but for now it can live in my git area

Jeff Layton <jlayton at>

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