[Samba] smbstatus parsing (XML output)

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Tue Dec 19 03:48:20 GMT 2006

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Samuel Briesemeister wrote:
> Hey all,
> I'm preparing to start development of a new version of 
> 'smbstatus' that produces XML output, instead of the tabular
> data it currently produces.
> I've started a SourceForge project at
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/smbstatusxml ... though at 
> this time I have no significant experience with CVS or development
> in a SourceForge context, so I've got some learning to do
> before I proceed in this manner. I wonder if it would be better
> to start development of this tool in the existing Samba
> CVS, but of course need authorization from existing project 
> leaders before that would happen, and that depends
> on what value they see in this type of tool.
> I'd like other people's thoughts and opinions on this.

XML output would be added to the current smbstatus tool
using --output={text,xml}.  That's one possibility.  I don't
really think such a tool could exist outside of the Samba
code base since it would ideally need to access Samba's tdb
files directly which would mean keeping up with internal format
changes as well.

People without write access to the Samba svn code base
can use Bazaar-NG for development (or anonymous svn if
you really have to).  See http://bazaar-vcs.org/
for details on bzr.  You can branch using the svn bzr plugin
or branch from http://www.samba.org/~jerry/bzr/SAMBA_3_0.bzr

When you have code that is ready to be reviewed, post to
the samba-technical list.

cheers, jerry
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