[linux-cifs-client] should we separate out the cifs utilities from the samba tree?

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Tue Jan 26 09:23:34 MST 2010

On Tue, Jan 26, 2010 at 11:05:48AM -0500, Jeff Layton 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 samba.org 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?

No objections, it's a good idea from my point of view.

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