[Samba] Samba and netbeui

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Dec 1 23:40:03 GMT 2005

On Thu, 2005-12-01 at 13:07 +0100, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Thu, 2005-12-01 at 09:38 +1100, Andrew Bartlett wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-11-30 at 09:08 -0500, Mike Weske wrote:
> > > Hello all,
> > > 
> > >   There is still a use for netbeui (non-routed protocol) in the 
> > > network.  If you are using a VPN client that does not allow split 
> > > tunneling, you can still access printers on another local system with 
> > > netbeui.  I would like to remove the windows system and have my print 
> > > shares on my Linux system with Samba.
> > >   Is all consideration of netbeui within the Linux/Samba environment 
> > > gone?  Can someone suggest another way to get printers and file shares 
> > > between a windows system and Linux system without TCP/IP?
> > 
> > The closest Samba ever got to netbeui was an experimental patch that
> > (from memory) accompanied the Linux kernel patch.  It was never
> > accepted, because it never added a real transport independence, just
> > hacks to get around Samba's attachment to TCP.
> I have tested that patches last year or so, and they were too unstable
> (at the kernel level) to be usable in a production environment imho.
> But we may have hope to support netbeui in samba4 if we happen to have
> kernel support as samba4 code should be layer independent enough to
> allow we to support it easily.

IPX might also be an interesting thing to look into some day...

(For those who enjoy playing with dead network protocols ;-)

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College  http://hawkerc.net
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