[CentOS-docs] Samba

Scott Robbins scottro at nyc.rr.com
Sun Aug 31 19:25:19 UTC 2008

On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 06:51:24PM +0100, Ned Slider wrote:
> Akemi Yagi wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 31, 2008 at 9:09 AM, Will F. <will at digitaldev.com> wrote:
>>> Hi Fabian,
>>> Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

>>> Getting deeper into the advanced topics of Samba "explaining how to configure the backend (old smbpasswd, newer tdbsam, or ldap when acting as a pdc), how to integrate in existing Samba/Windows domain/AD , explaining Filesystem ACLs" seem better suited for samba.org since anyone who wants to implement that really needs intimate knowledge of their environment. I don't think they would want to read a summarized version in a CentOS wiki.
>>> Comments?
>>> Thanks,
>>> -will
>> I agree with your view.  I would suggest you get started with a draft
>> and we can all join in and make it most suitable for CentOS users.
>> Akemi
> Agreed - many hands make light work for a task like this.
> As a thought - I'm wondering if the topic needs slitting up into  
> multiple sections/pages? Maybe something like:
> An introduction/overview to samba (users, file permissions etc)
> Basic samba setup with example (security=share)
> Group shares with examples (security=user)
> Printing
> AD integration
> etc ...

That seems to me to be the best way.   Let's try to put ourselves in the
shoes of someone who just tried to set up samba.  Ok, he can go to the
basic guide that Will writes.  (Or anyone--and yeah, those of us using
older versions of EMC Celerra at work are stuck on CentOS 4.4--I've lost
track, I think it was Will who mentioned they'd overlooked people using
older versions, but as we're talking about Samba, it's appropriate.  5.x
versions don't work, and I haven't yet tried with later versions of 4.x,
though I have to once my current project is done.)

Ok, that's the home user.  Now come the sysadmins, and for them,
something like AD might be important.  So, they go to the CentOS wiki,
and they see, aha, an AD article. (If anyone is interested, I have my
own--though about 96 percent is from the samba wiki--at
http://home.nyc.rr.com/computertaijutsu/adsamba.html. )
And so forth--therefore, I think this idea is excellent. 

I would also make the strong recommendation that EVERY article about
samba makes reference to the troubleshooting guides CentOS provides in
the /usr/share/doc/ directory--it's also on the samba website at

That can really be an invaluable resource for all levels of user.  

> That way folks could chip in more easily on the bits they feel able to  
> contribute towards and it needn't seem like a herculean task from the  
> outset.
> Thoughts?

See above. :)

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