[PATCH] Remove pam_smbpass module from Samba source code

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Jan 29 01:00:50 MST 2015

On Fri, 2015-01-23 at 10:28 +0100, Volker Lendecke wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 08:37:39PM +0100, Andreas Schneider wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > as the pam_smbpass module is unmaintained and bit rots. As Volker also 
> > suggested, we remove it completely from the Samba source code.
> > 
> > 
> > The same can be achieved using pam_winbind.
> > 
> > 
> > If there is a reason why this can't be removed, please speak up!
> Thanks for taking this!
> R-b: me.
> I'd give it a week before pushing though. And I'd like to
> see a deprecation warning in 4.2's WHATSNEW and
> announcement.

While we continue to work out how to best phase this out, we certainly
should do this step, putting the deprecation warning in 4.2's WHATSNEW
and announcement.  We can always undo that later, or revise how we
replace it, but this is the best chance to avoid waiting a whole cycle. 

This would follow what we have done with many other features, even when
we don't yet have the consensus to drop it totally, we can agree it has
a poor outlook and communicate that formally to our users, just as we
did with security=share and security=server in 3.6.  That makes whatever
move we make for 4.3 much easier. 

Andrew Bartlett                       http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team  http://samba.org
Samba Developer, Catalyst IT          http://catalyst.net.nz/services/samba

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