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> Since Urban Widmark was not active for some time, and I didn't have any
> success trying to reach him, it seems we need a new maintainer for the
> smb filesystem in the Linux kernel.
> Is there anyone who both feels qualified and wants to become the new
One way would be to just deprecate and later drop it and let people
use cifs instead which is maintained. It only doesn't work with
some extremly old smb servers which are probably not very numerous
Yes, it's a poor situation. That driver seems to have quite a few problems.
I was hoping that by now we could simply deprecate smbfs and tell people to
use CIFS, but I'm not sure that CIFS is ready for that yet.
Steve, what's your take? Does CIFS offer a 100% superset of smbfs
Or you could deprecate it and later drop it and when people complain,
you just found your new maintainer :-)
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> Ian Kent wrote:
> > On Sun, 21 Aug 2005, Gerald (Jerry) Carter wrote:
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> >>Steven French wrote:
> >>| We are close, but not quite ready to disable smbfs.
> >>I have been itching to work on some kernel code.
> >>If you need someone just to keep things afloat,
> >>I'd been happy to look into it. There would be some
> >>start up time of course. If you would be willing to
> >>help me navigate the things other than code, it
> >>shouldn't be that big of a deal.
> > I wouldn't mind helping out here either. Perhaps a joint
> > effort Jerry?
> That's fine by me.
> Steve, I'll touch base with on #samba-technical to work out
> what to do first. I know we have had a lot of reports
> on https://bugzilla.samba.org/ that were originally closed
> as invalid since were weren't supporting the kernel smbfs code
> at that time.
Just spin me round and stop me when I'm pointing in the right direction!
I'll see if I can find anything in the kernel bugzilla.
CIFS (in the cifs.git tree) can now handle not just mounts to Windows ME
(and probably Windows 9x), but readdir and enough of lookup. Finishing
up the remainder should go fast (OpenX instead of NTCreateX is the main
Of course finding Windows 95, Windows 98, and OS/2 servers is a little
harder than it sounds...although scripting a subset of the functional
tests that should work should be pretty easy.
I will also put a version of the source that will compile at least as
far back as 2.6.9 up on the project page within a few days.