It would be nice to get Samba 4.2 in Wily (4.1 in Maintenance mode for 6 more months. EOL by 10/2016)

Asked by satmandu on 2015-07-16

As per the Samba web site:

14 July 2015
Samba 4.2.3 Available for Download

This is the latest stable release of the Samba 4.2 series.

23 June 2015
Samba 4.1.19 Available for Download

This is the last stable release of the Samba 4.1 series.

So I'm just wondering if samba 4.2 is going to be part of the Wily release.

[Edit: Upon further clarification, have discovered that 4.1 will receive security updates from the Samba team until ~ 10/2016 as per ]

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I suggest you report a bug.

satmandu (satadru-umich) said : #2

Thanks. Bug added.


Doesn't say 4.1 is EOL. Where did you read that it is, please?

Because my link shows that Samba 3.6 has just dropped off and 4.1 has lots of support left. Judging by the pattern it is a few years... No?

satmandu (satadru-umich) said : #5

See the Latest News section on the right hand of the page at

I've searched

Which is the "further news" link at and there is no occurrences of "eol", "life" or "end".

You will also notice my link is also from and shows 4.1 being developed for a long while to come.

Manfred Hampl (m-hampl) said : #7

The message "Samba 4.1.19 Available for Download. This is the last stable release of the Samba 4.1 series." does NOT mean that 4.1 is EOL.

The version 4.1 is now in maintenance mode:
"Maintenance mode means that there are regular bug fix releases to address major issues and security issues. Less patches are backported to this branch than to the current release series."

Ubuntu is taking over most packages from Debian. The Debian stable, unstable and testing releases are currently delivering the same version of samba as Ubuntu Wily (2:4.1.17)
There are already two bug reports in Debian with the request to update to 4.1.18 or 4.2.1+ and

I suppose that the Ubuntu packagers for samba will wait for Debian to create an updated package, and then they most probably will adapt that one to Ubuntu specifics.

I assume that the bug report that you have already created will help.

satmandu (satadru-umich) said : #8

Thanks for the clarification all.

While I'd of course love ubuntu to track samba's stable every 9 month release schedule, you're probably right in asking me to go pester the debian folks.

Along these lines, is there any chance anybody might be interested in a PPA that followed the packages, which appear to track the current samba stable release?

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