[Samba] how to upgrade to samba 3.6.0

alex wallis alexwallis646 at googlemail.com
Fri Aug 12 10:54:25 MDT 2011

sorry, I didn't realise my replies only went to individual users, I 
thought the replies went to the list, as that is how most lists are 
configured these days.

So, to answer questions, I am running ubuntu 11.04, 64 bit.
I thought I was running lucid, but the latest version of the distro I 
use isn't based off that.

I have some experience with compiling software from source for linux, 
would this be possible for my version of ubuntu?
does the version I am using really make a difference to samba?
if its quite technical I am not sure if I would be confident about doing 
it, as I am only just starting out with linux and samba, and have only 
compiled a few things from svn which didn't need that much configuration.

When I did the upgrade to samba 3.5, the repository said it was for 
ubuntu 9.04, and it did ask me a few questions I wasn't sure how to answer.
Would it be easier for me to totally remove samba and start again?

On 12/08/2011 17:21, Michael Wood wrote:
> Hi
> Please copy the samba mailing list on your replies.
> On 12 August 2011 14:38, alex wallis<alexwallis646 at googlemail.com>  wrote:
>> On 12/08/2011 09:00, Michael Wood wrote:
>>> On 12 August 2011 08:50, Helmut Hullen<Hullen at t-online.de>    wrote:
>>>> Hallo, Christian,
>>>> Du meintest am 11.08.11:
>>>>>> I am running a version of ubuntu lucid 64 bit, and so will be
>>>>>> upgrading with the apt-get program.
>>>>> Well, I have no idea what are plans for Ubuntu (you don't tell what
>>>>> version you're using....sounds like 8.04) but I don't think there
>>>>> will be official upgrades to 3.6 in that version of the distro.
>> Hi,
>> I am using Ubuntu 11.04, I made a mistake, I used to run a lucid based
>> system, but this current distro I am using isn't based off that, but
>> previous versions were.
>> Does the version of ubuntu I am running make a difference to samba then?
> Yes.  Each distribution creates packages of the software that they
> ship so that you don't have to go searching around the Internet for
> it.  Also they test that the version they ship works with the other
> software they package etc.  So in general you should stick with the
> pre-packaged versions of Samba (and other software) that comes with
> your distribution, unless you know what you are doing.
>> the repository I got the 3.5 upgrade from said that it was intended for
>> ubuntu 9.04, and when I installed it I was asked quite a few questions I
> This does not make sense to me.  Ubuntu 11.04 comes with Samba 3.5 and
> it definitely would not have said it was for Ubuntu 9.04.  That sounds
> like you went searching around the Internet for a Samba package where
> there was one already available in the official Ubuntu repositories.
> You really should avoid installing stuff from random repositories
> unless you know what you're doing.
>> wasn't sure of the answers to. Perhaps the best option would be for me to
>> make a totally clean virtual machine and then install samba again from
>> scratch, I haven't installed much yet to this machine, so it wouldn't be
>> difficult.
> That sounds like a good plan.  Then just install Samba from synaptic
> (or maybe it's available via the Software Centre or whatever they call
> it).  Otherwise just try "apt-get install samba" from the command
> line.  That should give you version 3.5 as you can see here:
> http://packages.ubuntu.com/natty/samba
>> regarding the suggestion of compiling samba 3.06 from source, I am familiar
>> with compiling linux software, as I have done it before, but if it starts
>> asking me really complicated questions then I wouldn't know what to answer.
> Compiling from source is great if you need to do it, but in this case,
> and in most cases, you don't need to, because the pre-compiled
> software is already available in Ubuntu.  If you were running an old
> version of Ubuntu, Samba 3.5 would not be available in the official
> repositories, but 3.4 should work just as well for what you seem to
> need.  It is not necessary to run the latest version of Samba.  As
> long as you don't try running really old versions :)
> I hope that helps.

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