[Bug 137656] Re: Samba Backport Urgently Needed

rvjcallanan vincent at callanan.ie
Fri Sep 7 23:03:16 BST 2007

Okay friends,

Let's start off this week on a constructive note.

I have now whittled down my "VAST NUMBER OF VERY SERIOUS BUGS" to a list of bare essentials which, if backported to Ubuntu 6.06 Server Edition LTS/Samba 3.0.22, will fulfill my requirements for implementing a workable Microsoft SBS replacement.
Nothing sexy mind, just a basic but reliable solution using Ubuntu/Samba and XP workstations with a fully open-source self-restore feature (using XOSL/FreeDOS/PartitionSaving) and a workable implementation of roaming/mandatory profiles with some smarts to handle profile-unfriendly apps. Maybe not the kind of lock-down that geeks like but perfect for business customers, schools, internet cafés, etc.

Here is my list...

1. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3347

2. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3467

3. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3858

4. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4211

5. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4956

6. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4346

7. https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4385

8. In addition to the above, I think it is also essential that we have
   up-to-date file utilities to handle extended attributes which are needed
   for Samba. I'm talking about cp, tar, etc. Otherwise, how can we possibly
   do common admin tasks such as backup, profile rollouts, etc? I hope I
   am not naive in thinking that these can be updated safely without 
   compromising 6.06 stability (I was a little surprised that extended
   attributes are supported in 6.06 LTS but EA-compatible file utilities are not).

A few notes regarding the above list:

1. 3347 and 3367 may be related

2. 4211 and 4956 are probably related (in hindsight)

3. Discussion is ongoing on 4385. The bug report was originated by somebody else
   in February. It seems to have been left in limbo, possibly indicating that it
   was cured in a later release. The samba maintainer has not noticed bug at his
   end so this is a strong possibility. When I am in a position to pinpoint the
   exact fix, I will post. I have included it here as it is critical to correct
   file/directory attribute manipulation by a windows client.

4. There will probably be a couple of less obvious bugs with more subtle
   ramifications. I think it is best to take these one at a time when and if
   they arise e.g. when my SBS implementation is really stressed.

As soon as I get a working system, I will post details on forum.

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