Reintroduce netgroups support?

Rowland Penny rpenny at
Fri Jun 3 10:10:19 UTC 2022

On Fri, 2022-06-03 at 12:00 +0200, Samuel Cabrero via samba-technical
> Hi,
> I have received some complains after we dropped netgroups support in
> Samba 4.15.0. Our release notes only mention we dropped NIS but
> netgroups went with it.

Well, netgroups are part of NIS

> Some people still use netgroups without NIS, stored in LDAP and made
> available to the system through nss_sss, but it is also possible to
> use
> /etc/netgroups.

Why and how are they using a part of NIS without NIS ?

> I had a look to the removed code and I think it is possible to
> reintroduce netgroups support independently from NIS, using the
> getdomainname() function from glibc instead of
> yp_get_default_domain()
> from libnsl. 
> Should we bring back netgroups support?

I do not see the point, AD groups can do the same thing.


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