Renaming s4 'net' to 'samba-tool'

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Wed Oct 27 17:15:00 MDT 2010

On Wed, 2010-10-27 at 16:06 -0700, Jelmer Vernooij wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-10-27 at 23:07 +0300, Kamen Mazdrashki wrote:
> > Hi Jelmer,
> > 
> > On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 22:12, Jelmer Vernooij <jelmer at> wrote:
> > > Does anybody else have an opinion on this? samba-tool seems reasonable
> > > to me for the reasons Kai mentions, and it'd be great if we can move
> > > this forward so we can allow installation of both trees at the same
> > > time.
> > >
> > It seems nobody can come up with a good name for a tool that does-it-all
> > and everybody get used to just call it 'net' :)
> > I think that no matter what we come up with, it will be equally good and bad.
> > Personally I like 'samba-adm' a little bit more as most of the task the tool
> > performs and I know of are in admin domain
> > 'samba-tool' is nice too!
> So, I think samba-adm would probably make more sense as a name except
> that we actually have functionality in net that doesn't qualify as
> administration. 
> I think samba-adm or samba-admin would be good names, but we'd have to
> move some of the existing functionality out into a different tool if we
> use them.

As I think it would be silly to duplicate the 'net' infrastructure, or
create multiple binary wrappers, I really think 'samba-tool' is the most
sensible choice that has been made.  

Our history with maintaining multiple tools suggests to me that we will
keep adding 'not admin' additional functions rather than actually build
another tool, and even if we did, we would be back with admins thinking
'was that in 'samba-adm' or 'samba-user-tool' when dealing with related
concepts like 'password set/change'.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                      
Authentication Developer, Samba Team 
Samba Developer, Cisco Inc.
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