[Samba] smbpasswd -r connecting to old samba not working

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Wed Jun 15 21:29:47 GMT 2005

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Wayne Schroeder wrote:

| The only problem with that is the old servers are
| NOT our servers -- they are not managed by us.  It's
| hard for us to tell people 'hey, we updated something,
| so now you have to'.  Regardless of if it is a bug
| with the old version of samba, I would imagine there
| is some value in being backwards compatible with old
| versions, regardless of being maintained.  The crux of
| the whole deal is that in the world of password
| changing, the old smbpassword worked against everything,
| now in order to get support for the new 2003 server
| boxes that need samba 3 to connect to them, we lose
| support for changing passwords on a large set of other
| boxes.  The obvious answer to this from an operational
| stand point is to use the old binary / install base
| for changing passwords on these boxes, but I was hoping
| that there was some simple fix / work around that would
| address the backwards compatibility issue I have ran
| into.  It seems somewhat strange that we would
| strive for backwards compatibility for old servers using
| protocols like CORE, COREPLUS, LANMAN1, LANMAN2 etc..
| but not support older samba releases IMHO.


First off, any breakage was not intentional.  Second, I
gave you instructions for helping us track it down.
What I said about 2.2.x is that we will not issue a
patch for it.  I will be happy to issue a patch for
smbpasswd to fix any incompatibilities with older Samba
version if possible.  But it requires that you do some
things to help me out

Here they are again:

|> Another method would be to start trying smbpasswd
|> from 3.0.x releases 3.0.14a and moving backwards to
|> see when the incompatibility was introduced. We could
|> then look at the svn logs to try to isolate the change
|> and come up with a workaround.

cheers, jerry
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