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Using Samba - HTML version packaged for downloading [Updated]

Dec 15, 1999, 21:24 (10 Talkback[s])

An enhanced and easily-downloaded HTML version of O'Reilly's Open Content book "Using Samba"

Modifications include:

  • packaged for ease of downloading and installation
  • typographical errors fixed: improper vertical and horizontal whitespace that mangled text, as well as other errors apparently resulting from machine translation(?).
  • enhanced/fixed hypertext linking:
    • more detailed table of contents
    • interlinking among chapters


(tarred and gzipped, for Unix)

(zip format for Windows)

Also available from my website, at:


If you find any errors, please report them!

Jay Ts jayts@bigfoot.com

Jay Ts writes:

"I just want to say a big "I'm Sorry" to all those who tried to download Using Samba in HTML from my FTP site today. It is currently unavailable, pending my finding new FTP space.

If you know of anyone who would like to provide free FTP space for Using Samba, please let me know! It's less than 3 MB total.

The story is:

After uploading a .tar.gz and .zip version of Using Samba, I announced its availability here, in the comp.os.linux.announce and comp.os.linux.misc newsgroups, and the samba-docs@samba.org mailing list. It was late at night, and I went to sleep.

I woke up with a splitting headache (my first clue that something was terribly wrong) and retrieved my email to find many messages from people who were getting "access denied" errors from the FTP server. A few noticed that the permissions on my FTP directory were set to 000. What a wonderful way to start the day.

I contacted my ISP, and was told that the site had been turned off because I had put "copyrighted material" there! I wrote back, and told them that yes, it's copyrighted under an open content license, and everything was legit. The result of that was that the directory got the permissions back, but Using Samba had been deleted. They said that the other reason they had denied access was that they observed heavy downloading activity, which they did not want to support. (Apparently, they have not noticed that it's possible to configure wu-ftp to limit the number of FTP logins. Sigh.)

So that's where things are at right now. If you managed to get a download, and can supply it to others, please do.

And once again, I'll be very happy to hear from anyone who can supply FTP space at no charge. The sedona.net admins said they noticed up to 40 concurrent downloads, so that will give you a rough idea of the initial demand (which I suppose would be short-lived at that level.)

So once again, many apologies. And thanks very much for your patience on this one!"

- Jay Ts

[ Note: The link to the Adobe PDF file may be found here. lt-ed. ]