[Samba] Winbind Entry Added to /etc/nsswitch.conf

Eddie Rowe eddie.rowe at tdhca.state.tx.us
Sat Sep 24 23:04:03 UTC 2022

Some other tool was used to mangle the smb.conf file and that tool had the courtesy of writing some comments so you know it was modified.  The fact that another tool is changing /etc/nsswitch.conf is mentioned in passing if you read the fine manual, but it does not offer specifics.  I am making my way through the smb.conf file that I inherited so that it no longer has duplicates parameters, conflicting entries, settings below the shares that should really be up in the global section, etc. 

-----Original Message-----
I added that comment to the wiki, but I couldn't remember just why, so I looked at the wiki history and traced it to this series of posts on the samba mailing list:

https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://lists.samba.org/archive/samba/2016-April/198934.html__;!!JaK5sLE!RDnMd693KwYSlCdqpNAsUHjBwD-eRnsA7uj7NGahX8ncREejxapJ8AYglpv5a4jR06Yt2SkoRMpi122mFJefbJUiNwI$  [lists[.]samba[.]org]

At that time adding 'winbind' to the shadow line in /etc/nsswitch.conf was causing panics and everything worked without it. It may be different now, the code has changed over time, so it may now work (for a given take on 'work', Samba does not use 'shadow'), but why add something that is not required.

Would you like to post the smb.conf you use, if they are adding that useless modification, they are also probably adding other unneeded things.

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