"deadtime" smb.conf parameter: rationale for not having one?

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Thu May 12 06:34:39 MDT 2011

Hello folks,

It's my yearly bug triage day on bugs reported against the samba
package in Debian (http://qa.debian.org/data/bts/graphs/s/samba.png
shows that I'm losing the battle against all these damn bug

I went on http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=424405
where the bug submitter complains about samba keeping connections
alive forever and thus cluttering netstat tables.

As samba packagers, we took the stance of not changing upstream
defaults unless there is a very good reasons for that (either
something specific to Debian or something we completely disagree with
our respected upstream).

So, we are reluctant to change the default value of "deadtime" and I'd
just like to get a rationale for this parameter to not be set to some
"reasonable" value by default. Answers like "please define 'reasonable
value'" are perfectly OK..:-)


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