smb.conf should include dhcp.conf by default

Bug #147276 reported by Oliver Regenfelder on 2007-09-30
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
samba (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Software setup:
I have Kubuntu 7.04 installed as guest in VMWare 1.03 (Windows XP Host). The installation is fresh only including
updates proposed by the update manager but no extra software.

We have a WINS Server which is announced by our DHCP-Server. Kubuntu now correctly makes a
/etc/samba/dhcp.conf file including the correct wins server entry. But his file is NOT included in the
default /etc/samba/smb.conf file which came with the Kubuntu installation. I haven't yet changed any
samba settings so it must be the default file. Hence browsing the shares accross subnet boundaries
doesn't work.

Supposed Bugfix:
I think the dhcp.conf file should be included by default. So that announced wins server work
automatically and no user intervention is needed.

Ralph Janke (txwikinger) wrote :

Thanks for the report

I can confirm the described behaviour in gutsy.

There is already a debconf question that asks if dhcp configuration
should be included. However its priority is medium and thus it is not seen
during a default installation.

 status triaged
 importance medium

Changed in samba:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged

Hmm... how this issue should be fixed?
- debconf can't and should not ask user in desktop install. This mean or debconf should know, we making desktop install and not server install. or we need an other package which depend for example on ubuntu-desktop.deb and can configure samba to use dhcp.

- in first example, we need one more entry in /etc/lsb-release like "DISTRIB_CONFIG="Ubuntu Desktop"". and one script in debconf check it.

- in a second, we need package which will parse smb.conf and correctly add it correct place and not brake in changed .conf. or wee need to make smb.conf from beginning modular. for example:
include = /etc/samba/extras.conf

include = /etc/samba/dhcp.conf

this file will be empty after normal install and after installing samba-use-dhcp.deb will include dhcp.conf
But this is too match tricky, to install one more conf to include other conf.

Any other suggestions... it will be nice to fix it for hardy.

Nicolas Valcarcel (nvalcarcel) wrote :

I don't find useful to add another package " samba-use-dhcp.deb", it's the same for the user to add that line by hand, IMHO if a user don't know there is a samba-use-dhcp.deb package, will add the line by hand and report the bug, it's too tricky.

Thierry Carrez (ttx) on 2010-03-10
Changed in samba (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → Wishlist
summary: - smb.conf doesn't include dhcp.conf by default
+ smb.conf should include dhcp.conf by default
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