10 May 2013

412. system-config-samba on debian

I don't use samba anymore, but I do remember that Ubuntu had a very simple tool for setting up samba shares (turns out it's by redhat, not canonical). While it might be better in the long run to craft your own smb.conf, system-config-samba is convenient for quickly setting things up.

Anyway, someone at forums.debian.net asked for it, which got me thinking about making a post:

sudo apt-get install build-essential gfortran checkinstall python-all-dev cdbs debhelper quilt intltool python-central rarian-compat pkg-config gnome-doc-utils samba python-libuser libuser1 python-glade2
mkdir ~/tmp
cd ~/tmp
wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/system-config-samba_1.2.63.orig.tar.gz
tar xvf system-config-samba_1.2.63.orig.tar.gz
wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/system-config-samba_1.2.63-0ubuntu5.diff.gz
gunzip system-config-samba_1.2.63-0ubuntu5.diff.gz
patch -p0 < system-config-samba_1.2.63-0ubuntu5.diff
cd system-config-samba-1.2.63/
dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us
sudo dpkg -i ../system-config-samba_1.2.63-0ubuntu5_all.deb
sudo touch /etc/libuser.conf
gksu system-config-samba

And here we go:
i.e. it at the very least reads my /etc/samba/smb.conf accurately.

To make system-config-samba show up in your gnome menus, add it via Main Menu. Make sure to include gksu in the command to launch it.


11 comments:

  1. Thanks a million! This worked like a champ on #! Waldorf.

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  2. Been looking for something like this for awhile thank you!

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  3. Hi there, i have an debian8 jessie 3.16 and there isn't any python-central package, so it is not possible to build the package.... :(

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    1. You should get the python-central package from debian wheezy (https://packages.debian.org/wheezy/python-central) and then run the command sudo dpkg -i /python-central_0.6.17_all.deb.
      I had the same issue while trying to build system-config-samba and that solved my problem. The Samba System Configuration GUI works like a charm!

      --Geert

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  4. hi there python-central isn't available in jessie or debian8 so it is needed to download it from wheezy and then you are able to build the .deb package

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. You're right -- python-central and a few other python packages have been removed: https://wiki.debian.org/Python/JessieRoadmap

      The newest files for system-config-samba are at:
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/system-config-samba_1.2.63.orig.tar.gz
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/system-config-samba_1.2.63-0ubuntu6.dsc
      https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/system-config-samba_1.2.63-0ubuntu6.diff.gz

      Looking at the debian/control files it doesn't depend on python-central anymore:
      Build-Depends: cdbs (>= 0.4.43), debhelper (>= 5.0.38), quilt, intltool, dh-python, python-all-dev (>= 2.3.5-11), rarian-compat, pkg-config, gnome-doc-utils

      dh-python is still current for jessie:
      https://packages.debian.org/en/jessie/dh-python

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    2. Long story short: use the newer files listed above and you won't have to get anything from wheezy. Release mixing can be very bad, and so should be avoided.

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  5. I was so close but got stuck with an error message
    while executing "dpkg-buildpackage -uc -us"
    Got an error like dh-desktop is against rules or something like that. Can you assist ? Thanks alot in advance!

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    1. Which distro/release are you on? The post is quite old, so the way to build may have changed.

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    2. You're in luck :)
      I tried building on deb 9, and I got the same error as you did. Turns out that dh_desktop is deprecated. Simply delete/comment out the dh_desktop line in debian/rules

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    3. More info about dh_desktop here: http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/xenial/man1/dh_desktop.1.html

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