[RFC] Discontinuing SWAT

Jelmer Vernooij jelmer at samba.org
Fri Apr 26 00:00:30 MDT 2013

On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 08:33:47AM +1000, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-04-25 at 23:48 +0200, Kai Blin wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> > 
> > I think it's time to put SWAT out of its misery. In the past few years,
> > the only commits ever touching it were either API housekeeping or fixing
> > remote root exploit security issues.
> > 
> > The last time we had to do the latter, I accidentally broke password
> > changes for users, and neither me nor any of the people reviewing the
> > changes noticed. I take that as a sign that nobody is really interested
> > in maintaining SWAT, and I think it is becoming a larger liability over
> > time. Considering how large of an attack surface a web app is offering,
> > we should not have one of them in our core release.
> > 
> > There might be the need for a web-based samba configuration tool, but I
> > don't think SWAT is fulfilling that need well enough.
> The main thing I've see folks really want from SWAT is the connection
> between the smb.conf parameter and the help section.  We may well be
> able to solve that simply with a testparm option that prints the manpage
> section after each parameter. 
> I'll also note that this is the second time removing it has been
> proposed (I did so in Feb), and there were no violent objections last
> time, just the above desire that SWAT's sections and manpage link made
> the smb.conf more accessible.  Perhaps make 'SWAT GTK rewrite' a SoC
> project and see if we get any takers?
What is "SWAT GTK" ?



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