[Samba] SWAT features

Deryck Hodge deryck at samba.org
Mon Mar 14 16:05:04 GMT 2005

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Hi, all.

I've been working on SWAT in trunk for the last few weeks.  My work
started as nothing more than a cosmetic redesign, trying to modernize
SWAT and offer a clean, sophisticated interface.  As I've gotten deeper
into this, it seems to me that SWAT could use some improvements to its
overall design -- not just aesthetically, but functionally.

For example, some features seem aimed at making setup as easy as
possible (the wizard tool) while others (globals and shares) offer
complete editing capabilities to smb.conf.  This working at
cross-purposes became clear to me as I tried grouping functions under
3-4 over-arching navigation headings.

My question then -- what do people use SWAT for?  Is it primarily a
web-based front end for editing smb.conf?  An entry point for
documentation?  A gui for setting up Samba without knowing much about
smb.conf?  Also, what features do you like most/least?  And what's
missing from SWAT in your opinion?

Thanks for the input.  Cheers,


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