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Using Samba, Second Edition by David Collier-Brown, Robert Eckstein, Jay Ts

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Appendix E. Configure Options

As we explained in Chapter 2, the configure program is run before the Samba source code is compiled to fit the compilation process to the local architecture. At this stage, it is possible to specify options to customize Samba’s behavior further and include or exclude features. This is an example of specifying configure options:

# ./configure --with-smbmount --with-configdir=/etc/samba --with-manpages-langs=ja

This example configures the Samba installation to support mounting SMB filesystems, look for the Samba configuration file in /etc/samba (instead of the default location of /usr/local/samba/lib), and install Japanese-language manual pages. We have picked these three configure options because they illustrate the usage of the three types of options that are included up to Samba 3.0. The --with-smbmount option is a Boolean option, which can take a value of yes or no. All the Boolean options are set to no by default, and it is only necessary to provide the option to turn it on. If you want to be more explicit, you can specify --with-smbmount=yes. To turn an option off explicitly, you can also specify --without- feature rather than --with- feature =no.

In the case of the other two options we have shown, an argument must be supplied after the equals (=) sign. Some of the options are used to specify the directories that Samba uses for various purposes. Only one option is in the last group, where something other than a directory is specified as an option ...

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