[Samba] Sernet 4.3.X package is no longer free :/

Rowland Penny rowlandpenny241155 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 21 09:44:49 UTC 2015

On 21/09/15 09:58, mathias dufresne wrote:
> Mailing lists often don't like manually compiled software, too much
> different choices to try to reproduce errors. That's why Sernet's package
> are a great choice: we can install more recent versions than the one
> offered by our system packager and still be able to discuss here about our
> issues.
> It seems Sernet Team uses --enable-fhs (coupled with --prefix=/usr
> --sysconfdir=/etc --localstatedir=/var) for configure script before
> compiling.
> Are these options sufficient? Should we add more to obtain something close
> enough of Sernet's versions?
Hi Mathias, no I don't think your options are sufficient, I once looked 
into upgrading the Ubuntu 14.04 Samba packages and ended up using this:

./configure --enable-fhs --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc 
--localstatedir=/var --with-statedir=/var/lib/samba 
--with-privatedir=/var/lib/samba/private --with-piddir=/var/run/samba 
--with-cachedir=/var/cache/samba --with-lockdir=/var/run/samba 
--with-logfilebase=/var/log/samba --with-sockets-dir=/var/run/samba 
--with-privileged-socket-dir=/var/lib/samba --with-configdir=/etc/samba

The only problem is that you would now have to:

A) stop your package manager updating any part of Samba
B) be your own Samba maintainer and watch out for any critical updates

As for Sernet now only allowing downloads for people who buy a support 
package, well this is their business decision, they have to make money 
or they will go out of business. In future, if somebody posts on here 
asking for help with a problem and they are using the Sernet packages, I 
will just point them at Sernet, but they are unlikely to post here, if 
you have bought support, you would use that.


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