[Samba] Revisiting Samba's interaction with LDAP's ppolicy overlay

Ryan Steele ryans at aweber.com
Thu Oct 2 13:07:11 GMT 2008

Volker Lendecke wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 29, 2008 at 10:14:01AM -0400, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
>> This is, AFAIK, the only solution currently.  We do the
>> same thing.  It stinks.
> As I said in the former mail thread: Patches are welcome. If
> you really want it done quickly, some companies on
> http://samba.org/samba/support also offer development
> services.
> Volker
Unfortunately, I suspect that many of the folks who probably want this 
done are system administrators, not software developers.  As a systems 
administrator, I do have the ability to write code, but all I really use 
in my day-to-day life is Perl and Bash, maybe dabbling in some Python or 
Ruby.  As Samba is written primarily in C, I probably wouldn't write 
very good patches for it - I find that my proficiency lies in the 
languages I actually use now, not the ones I used during undergrad in 
college.  And while I'd love just dump money in to the project (or have 
an employer do it), that's just not always a reality (especially not the 
amounts needed to fund development efforts).

All that being said, I'd be curious to know where this lies in the 
current development pipeline (if at all).  Again, I (and I believe the 
community) think this would be very beneficial to Samba as a use and 
marketing tool, and deserves some consideration.  I'm happy to do what I 
can - testing, tracking down bugs (even if I can't submit working 
patches), and money when I have it.  But mostly I rely on good 
developers to develop, so that I can focus on my role in the chain - 
testing it and implementing it in real-world situations, and promoting 
it by installing it in all applicable environments.

However, it can't be overstated how much I appreciate the work that has 
been done up to this point on Samba - it's a fantastic piece of 
software.  Keep up the good work!


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