Starting on a Samba 4.0 'complete' debian package

Christian PERRIER bubulle at
Tue Dec 18 23:59:01 MST 2012

Quoting Andrew Bartlett (abartlet at

> As far as I'm aware, no other debian package of the complete Samba 4.0.0
> release exists (if it does, I'll be be glad to know about it!). 

Well, more or less, my own intent was to start working on this for
Debian jessie. 

What actually makes my life difficult for this is.....that I have no
more idea of the place where jelmer is storing his work. Jelmer, is

(another thing that seem to make my life difficult is that my
involvment in Debian seems to be shrinking nowadays, because real life
and other hobbies are taking precedence)

I'm afraid that the use of bzr by Jelmer makes a quite big step for me
to deal with. Despite Steve langasek and Jelmer's numerous attempts to
convince me that This Is Good For Us....I'm still a moron about all
this. I can now manage to to my own packaging work in git for some of
my packages, but I'm still using SVN for samba packaging.

Still, my own projects for 2013 involve a participation to SambaXP
(assuming my company is still OK to pay for this....) and have some
merging work there on the way to a "samba" package for Debian that
would be of course samba 4.x.y *and* provide a smooth upgrade path
from samba 3.6 which we have in wheezy.

That seems to be a distant date in the future, but it's not that far
away and it would be good to gathe rtogetther all people who
conttribute to Debian packages of samba, there (/you, Jelmer, Ivo de
Decker, /me, Steve(?), Luk random order).

> As I figure others might be interested in a combined package, I'm hoping
> that someone might like to work with me to get this working, so we can
> point Samba users at a complete build of the official release. 

We have 3 things to merge:
- Jelmer's work (probably in bzr somewhere)
- your work ( in git)
- the current samba3 packaging and its giant history (in
SVN...including branches for various backports)

Interesting challenge. And the most interesting one is "provide a
completly smooth and transparent upgrade to users of 3.6
packages". For file and print server setups, I have no doubts....for
domain controllers, I'm more skeptical..:-)

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