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Re: Webmin improvements

On Sat, Sep 18, 2004 at 10:16:13AM +0100, Lars Erlandsen wrote:
> Your name is listed as one of the main contributors in the skolelinux changelog
> for webmin, so I thought I'd give you the heads up...
> Short background: I am a Norwegian, but I have lived in England for the last 20
> years. I am an IT consultant, spercialising in work for the large investment
> banks. I have been involved on and off in setting up school networks in my
> spare time, to save the schools some money and keep a certain monopoly at arms
> length.
> I have "discovered" skolelinux, and started looking at the integration work for
> it to play nicely with Windows. In particular, I am looking to automate the
> creation of homedirectories and roaming profile directories, whether the
> schools use windows 98, ME, NT, 2000 or XP (all in different directories). It
> involves using the netgroups section in webmin to enter all windows boxes, and
> run a script to maintain the home directories and roaming profiles from
> netgroup hosts information and user account details.
> Such a script could be run periodically (cron), or on demand, but it would be
> better if it could run automatically if the netgroups have changed, or new
> users have been created. I therefore contacted the main webmin developer (Jamie
> Cameron) to see if such functionality was available from within webmin. To cut
> a long story short, it wasn't, but I wrote one in cooperation with Jamie, and
> this has now been folded into the main webmin source tree.

The nice thing with packages that are included upstream , is that the
eventually end up in the package. I'm not sure it will make it into the
next Debian-release called Sarge. There is currently a freeze for
packages going into Sarge. It would be nice to look at the module, to
see if this is something more schools could benefit from. 

I'll cc both the debian-edu list, and the old Debian-maintainer for
webmin. Keeping the Webmin package up to date is quite a task, and the
current (well uptil 13. Sep 2004) maintainer is orphaning[1] the

I guess we should help out by creating a webmin-maintainer group, but I
dont know your commitment to debian and webmin in particular, and open
source in general. 

> I would be very happy to forward the details if they are needed.

Yes please, then We can maybe include it in the current release for
Debian-edu, (both based on woody and sarge), and maybe it's even
possible to get it into the Debian-sarge-version. I doubt the later

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=271505
Finn-Arne Johansen 

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