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Update Samba to 4.9?

Discussion in 'Asuswrt-Merlin' started by gdisaac, Jan 22, 2019.

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  1. gdisaac

    gdisaac New Around Here

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    First of all, I'd love to thank the Merlin devs for all the work you've done to make the Merlin firmware a reality. I've used it for a number of years and it's fantastic.

    Is there any reason that Samba has not been updated to the most recent release version? Samba 3.6 was last updated in February of 2015. (Source: https://www.samba.org/samba/history/)

    If no serious issues with upgrading to Samba 4.x exist, could it be updated in subsequent releases of the Merlin firmware?

    Thanks for all that you do!
     
  2. RMerlin

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    Because Samba 4.x is a bloated pig requiring multiple megabytes of flash space, and its cross-compile system is a nightmare to work with, requiring that you hand feed it pre-configured answer files that will vary between platforms. I tried twice to look into it, and gave up both times.

    The Samba developers have shown no interest in making Samba more cross-compile friendly, and slimmer to fit better in embedded devices with limited flash and RAM. When asked about it, their answer has always been: "Feel free to provide us with patches, because we're not gonna work on it".

    In short, they are more interested in competing with Windows Server than providing a solution for low-powered embedded devices.
     
  3. gdisaac

    gdisaac New Around Here

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    Thank you for this very concise explanation!
     
  4. cmkelley

    cmkelley Senior Member

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    Don't butter it up, tell us how you really feel! :p