TODO list proposal for volunteers
gcarter at valinux.com
Fri Sep 29 06:30:49 GMT 2000
[cross posted on all samba mailing lists]
This is a very rough list of items off the top of
my head. It should be considered dynamic and I will
post periodic updates on progress, new items, etc...
Please direct all mail regarding this to samba-technical
and not samba-ntdom nor the main samba mailing list.
I am posting it on the latter mailing lists to keep
people in the loop. However, actual development work
should be coordinated on samba-technical.
Documentation work can be coordinated on samba-docs.
See http://lists.samba.org/ for information on the
various mailing lists if you are unfamiliar.
I will act as the contact point for documentation
updates. We have a list named samba-docs that can
be used for this purpose. Probably best to coordinate
o consolidate the existing text HOWTO's and HTML
FAQ's into a single admin guide document. Some
of the information is outdated and needs to be filed
in the "this used to be true pile" while stuff that is
just wrong needs to be thrown out.
All documentation needs to be converted to YODL
(it's really easy) for generating HTML, text, etc...
This is a fairly large project and could be
distributed among a few people once the initial layout
and outline was decided upon.
Jeremy will be the main contact person for this (via the
o If all goes well, Samba 2.2.0 should be released in beta
form next week (first week in Oct) We need volunteers
to help with testing, QA, etc... Printing support,
locking, ACLs, etc...
The more environments tested, the better
quality the final release should be.
All coding work needs to be coordinated with Jeremy
and Andrew at the very least on samba-technical.
Don't just start coding and expect patches to
automatically be integrated in. Obviously. projects
by specific team members, winbind for example, need
to be coordinated with those team members in charge.
For those without CVS write access (non-team members),
patches should be incremental and in the form of
I'm assuming if you want to code, you probably already
know how to get the source branches via anonymous CVS.
If not, see http://us4.samba.org/cvs.html
o Moving server and client side RPC's back from
SAMBA_TNG to HEAD branch one at a time. This
can easily be distributes among many people.
Probably best for one person or group to work
on a single \PIPE together. Don't be
intimidated by this. Just grab a network sniffer
and do one RPC at a time.
o design, document, and fix the DEBUG levels
in the Samba code. This is a large, tedious
project. All proposals for stratifying the debug
levels into bitmasks and documenting what should
be done at what level should be carried out on
samba-technical as we are currently undecided on
whether this should actually be carried out.
o Help Tim with back porting the necessary client side
RPC's from TNG into HEAD in order to support the new
winbind system. Tim can expand on whether this needs
to be done by hand or auto-generated code.
o Help Chris Hertel with WINS failover implementation
o possible password and group backend API redesign.
This will go hand in hand with the current LDAP
o LDAP support to enable Samba to store and access
user account information in an AD compatible
o UNICODE support (this is a **big** project)
New project proposals can be voiced on samba-technical.
Thanks for you help.
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