[Samba] Installing SerNet Samba for Debian

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny at googlemail.com
Wed Nov 20 08:00:05 MST 2013

On 20/11/13 14:29, samba1 at nym.hush.com wrote:
> I've got myself in a bit of a pickle trying to install the latest
> Samba 3.6.20-31 package from SerNet on a Debian Wheezy server.  The
> installed Debian version of Samba was 3.6.6.
> It's an off-line test server, and I'm still getting to grips with
> Debian, so no harm done, but I'd like to know the proper procedure
> to install this software!
> What I've done is:
> Edited /etc/apt/sources.list to include the line
>     deb http://ftp.sernet.de/pub/samba/3.6/debian wheezy main
> This was shown on the SerNet website, but I'm not sure if I need to
> do anything to prevent Wheezy from downloading/installing the
> Debian Samba in the future.
> I downloaded all the .deb packages from SerNet and burnt them onto
> a CD.
> I then ran 'apt-get purge samba' (to try and remove the existing
> Samba).
> I started to run into problems when installing the SerNet
> package(s) and have also run
>    apt-get remove samba-common
> plus numerous iterations of
>     apt-get -f install
>     apt-get autoremove
> At one point it wanted to remove about 200 packages, including ones
> for gnome and python.
> I tried installing using:
>    dpkg -i sernet-samba_3.6.20-31_amd64.deb
> It then indicated it needed sernet-samba-common so I ran
>    dpkg -i sernet-samba-common_3.6.20-31_amd64.deb
> which gave warnings about dependencies.
> I ended up trying to install all the sernet packages including the
> ones for libwbclient, libsmbclient, libpam, winbind.  Is this
> necessary?  I expected one of the packages to do a full install and
> update/install all necessary packages.
> Having now left it running for a few minutes I ran
>   apt-get -f install
> again, and it updated sernet Samba and I'm now able to run
> smbstatus and it's showing '3.6.20-SerNet-Debian'.
> However, I'm now not sure what state the system is in!  I can run a
> disaster recovery to restore the system to a state before I started
> the Samba upgrade, but as I say, I'd like to know the proper way to
> do it!
> Thanks
As it is a test server, I would start again, add the sernet line to 
/etc/apt/sources.list, then run 'apt-get update && apt-get upgrade'. 
This will upgrade the installed samba, you do not need to remove the 
existing samba.


More information about the samba mailing list