Proposal to remove zlib from the Samba tree.

John P Janosik jpjanosi at
Mon Jun 30 08:46:21 MDT 2014

> On Sat, 2014-06-28 at 08:37 +0100, jelmer at wrote:
> > I like the idea of removing it and always using the system zlib. 
> > 
> > Please make sure that the build farm hosts all have zlib installed
> in a way that Samba can use it.
> It would be very useful to know what systems don't have (and can't
> reasonably get) the needed version of zlib on them, to understand the
> best approach here.

AIX does not ship with zlib and IBM does not provide a supported/recent 
zlib package for download.  We use Samba as file server only and our Samba 
4.1.X builds are using the Samba zlib.

> While zlib is 'only' needed for NDR_COMPRESSION, that is in turn used
> for DRSUAPI, which is used in the source3 client as part of net rpc
> samsync, so it isn't easily made an optional dependency. 

John Janosik
jpjanosi at

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