Re: Samba - installing SWAT
From: Tim (tim_at_mail.localhost.invalid)
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 22:29:59 +0930
"Tim" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote
>> I tended to find the manual the best source of information for how to
>> configure Samba, particularly as the manual comes with the version of
>> you have installed, and SWAT isn't always updated in step with it.
"m.marien" <mm AT RiverCityCanada DOT com> posted:
> Yes, the manual is the first source for information. However, I think SWAT
> just indexes the manual.
SWAT is an *independent* tool that writes configuration files for Samba,
based on the SWAT author's knowledge of configuring Samba (it doesn't read
the Samba manual, and if the author's goofed you're using their goofs). If
Samba gets updated and SWAT doesn't, it's still going to be writing
configuation files for the prior version of Samba. Those sort of reasons
are some of the reasons why I don't like it, nor the old LinuxConf GUI
>> Have you looked at the Gnome tool for configuring Samba? If you want to
>> set things without having to puzzle out what you're supposed to do, it's
>> probably as good a place to start as anything.
> No, haven't tried that but you have piqued my interest. Some of the systems
> I administer are remote so I use Webmin (https) and a secure command line
> shell. SWAT does have it's problems. For one it will delete any include
> statements. I mostly rely on a text editor to make changes.
SWAT does have the advantage of simplistic remote control, though you want
to be careful that you don't open yourself to hacking. But you point out
another of it's flaws - it writes configuration files to do the job it's
configured for, it doesn't handle customised configuration files. You lose
your customisations, and if you wrote something that it doesn't know how to
handle you get a confused config file.
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