How to configure Samba 2.0.7 to support NETGROUP?

Tim Potter tpot at
Mon Oct 16 23:11:19 GMT 2000

Rupert Kolb writes:

> I would like to us a line like
>   hosts allow = @specialgroup
> in the smb.conf file.
> If I declare a lot of hosts at the 'hosts allow' line, I get a
> "string overflow" error. That's one of the reasons for using netgroups.
> If I use the netgroup in "host allow", I get an error
> "access: netgroup support is not configured".
> Then I found a macro "HAVE_NETGROUP" in some of the files of the
> samba source code. If I manualy add "-DHAVE_NETGROUP!" and "-lnss_nis"
> to the Makefile I get a samba which supports netgroups.
> The question is, how to enable this feature with the
> standard configuration: ./configure, make, ... .

The test for getting this working is the following (from

#if defined(HAVE_YP_GET_DEFAULT_DOMAIN) && \
    defined(HAVE_SETNETGRENT) && defined(HAVE_ENDNETGRENT) && \

For some reason one or more of the functions above are not being
detected by the configure script.  Check through the config.log
file for clues.



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