This sounds like an obvious thing to say, but there have probably been times where you have uncompressed a package, blindly typed
install, and walked away to get another cup of coffee. We'll be the first to admit that we do that, many more times than we should. It's a bad idea - especially when planning a network with Samba.
Samba 2.0 automatically configures itself prior to compilation. This reduces the likelihood of a machine-specific problem, but there may be an option mentioned in the
README file that you end up wishing for after Samba's been installed. With both source and binary packages you'll find a large number of documents in the
docs directory, in a variety of formats. The most important files to look at in the distribution are:
These files tell you what features you can expect in your Samba distribution, and will highlight common installation problems that you're likely to face. Be sure to look over both of them before you start the compilation process.