Renaming s4 'net' to 'samba-tool'

Kai Blin kai at
Sun Oct 24 09:10:25 MDT 2010

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On 2010-10-24 03:14, Stefan (metze) Metzmacher wrote:

Hi Metze,

> I noticed that you tried to do a push a commit which renames
> 'net' in source4 to 'samba-tool'.

Jelmer and I discussed some of the steps needed to proceed with the
merged build system, and net was one of the candidates that we needed to
keep from both s3 and s4.

> I think we should first discuss, which name we want to use here.
> We have to keep this name (I guess) for at least 10 years, so
> we better make sure we all like it.

This is something we thought about before starting, and we tried to find
a name that conveys the use of the tool. Unfortunately, 'net' has always
been the kitchen-sink tool. As there's already a synchronization tool
out there called kitchensink, that name was out ;).

> I don't like 'samba-tool' as name, maybe 'samba-adm' or something similar
> would be better, if someone has a better idea please tell us.

I'm happy to put this up to discussion of course. But because it's not
really a technical decision, I'm not really sure how to resolve this. I
don't really like samba-adm, it doesn't have anything in it's name that
makes it stand out from similarly named tools we already have, like
smbcontrol or smbstatus.

I'm happy to keep this patch in my personal tree until more people had
time to provide feedback. I did not intend to step on anybody's feet
here, we decided that we had to rename s4 net at SambaXP already.
Unfortunately the hardest part about a rename is coming up with the new
name. :)


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