[Samba] Samba 3.0.26a Available for Download

David C. Rankin drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com
Tue Sep 11 22:17:37 GMT 2007

Ed Kasky wrote:
> At 05:24 AM Tuesday, 9/11/2007, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote -=>
>> Binary packages will be made available on a volunteer basis at
>>         http://download.samba.org/samba/ftp/Binary_Packages/
> Not being as adept at building rpm's as I could be if I had the time to
> learn it, is there any supporting documentation anywhere that describes
> how to go about converting from an rpm install to installing from src?
> Or is it easier/preferred/better to stick with the rpm's and build them
> from the src?
> I know there are opinions on both sides but I wouldn't mind hearing a
> few as I try and decide if I should continue with the rpm on a FC6
> machine or convert to a src install....
> Ed
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
> Randomly Generated Quote (861 of 1270):
> Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit.
>         [There is no great genius without some touch of madness.]
>                 -- Seneca


	Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater!!!  Seriously, I prefer
rpm's, but I have servers still running mandriva 2005le and no one has
built rpms for that distro for well over a year. So instead of worrying
about installing some new OS, I simply started building them from
scratch/source. Simple process, you only need to figure out what the
./configure options need to be once and then updates are a breeze.


(1) download the latest samba-rev#.tar.gz;
(2) unzip it with "tar -xzf samba-rev#.tar.gz"
(3) change into the new samba-rev# directory
(4) actually read the README file
(5) cd into the new samba-rev#/source directory
(6) run "sh autogen.sh"


	While looking at the output of ./configure --help may be daunting,
unless you have very special needs, the only config options you need are
very straight forward. They are basically limited to:

	Where are your samba binaries/libs are stored and where do the
documentation, config, and password files go?

	For your binaries and libraries, most of the time it is just a matter
of determining whether they are stored, under /usr/bin, /usr/sbin, and
/usr/lib or someplace else like /usr/local/samba/bin,
/usr/local/samba/sbin and /usr/local/samba/lib? If you look at the path
before the "/bin", "/sbin" and "/lib", that is the "prefix" to where
things go. So logically, ./configure has the primary option of --prefix=
that needs to be set. To get this right, just check (as root)

# which smbclient

# which smbd
	That tells you the right "/bin" directory is "/usr/bin" and the right
the right "/sbin" directory is "/usr/sbin". So setting the proper
--prefix= for configure is:


	A quick check with ls /usr/lib will confirm that /usr/lib/samba is
there and the proper prefix for the lib directory is also "/usr".

	The only other parameters that I found vary from the ./configure
defaults are the "--infodir= " (where the /info documentation files go);
the "--mandir= " (where the man pages go); the "--with-configdir= "
(where the smb.conf file goes) and the "--with-privatedir= " (where the
smbpasswd file goes).

	Just check you system and find out. On Mandriva (RedHat type systems)
the documentation lives under the prefix "/usr/share" and the smb.conf
and smbpasswd live under the prefix "/etc/samba".  THAT'S IT! That's all
the magic required for a basic setup compile from source!
(of course it is up to you to have the needed c compiler and make
utilities installed on your system)(you can throw in the --target=
option for grins.)

	So if you have taken note of the ./configure options discussed above,
your ./configure from source should look like this:

# ./configure --prefix=/usr --infodir=/usr/share --mandir=/usr/share
--with-configdir=/etc/samba --with-privatedir=/etc/samba --target=i686

Or, in a more readable for with line continuations:

# ./configure \
--prefix=/usr \
--infodir=/usr/share \
--mandir=/usr/share \
--with-configdir=/etc/samba \
--with-privatedir=/etc/samba \

	Just execute the ./configure as shown above and wait 3 minutes while
tons of stuff gets printed to the screen. If it completes without
crashing and telling you about an error condition then execute the make

# make

	Same as configure, but wait 5 minutes, if it doesn't bomb with errors,
your are ready to install. (./configure and make can be done as normal a
normal user, but the *make install* requires being *root)

# make install

	Now restart smbd and nmbd and go check things out. Is everything still
connected?, output of "smbclient -U% -L localhost" report the right
samba version? If nothing is working and you are in a huge panic of "Oh
$4!T what now!!" Don't worry.

#make revert

	Restores the previous samba install and you can now go figure out why
things didn't work as planned. Remember, when writing for help, it helps
to include you OS, smb.conf and a level 10 debug capturing detailed
error messages.


smbclient -U% -L localhost
Domain=[RB_LAW] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.26a]

        Sharename       Type      Comment
        ---------       ----      -------
        samba           Disk      Base Samba Share
        office          Disk      Shared Office Files
        rankin          Disk      Rankin Law Firm PLLC
        scans           Disk      Scanned Images from Copier
        allen           Disk      T Stefan Allen
        bertin          Disk      Darren Bertin
        guillory        Disk      David Guillory
        jointcases      Disk      Joint Client Files
        lawtools        Disk      Case Development - Summation
        forms           Disk      Shared Forms and Briefs
        computer        Disk      Computer Drivers and Software
        closed          Disk      Closed Case Files
        print$          Disk
        pdf-gen         Printer   PDF Generator (only valid users)
        IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (Samba Server 3.0.26a)
Domain=[RB_LAW] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.26a]

        Server               Comment
        ---------            -------
        BONZA                Samba Server 3.0.26a
        LISHA                Lisha
        PROVIDENCE           Samba 3.0.25b-0.1.68-1378-SUSE-SL10.0
        RANKIN-XP            Rankin's Computer
        RECEPTION            Dell 2400 2.6 GHz
        STEFAN-PC            stefan-laptop

        Workgroup            Master
        ---------            -------
        RB_LAW               BONZA

(downloaded, configured, made and installed in less time than it took to
write this mini howto ;-)

David C. Rankin, J.D., P.E.
Rankin Law Firm, PLLC
510 Ochiltree Street
Nacogdoches, Texas 75961
(936) 715-9333
(936) 715-9339 fax

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