Weird Folder Looping

Mark Cooke mpc at
Thu Sep 20 17:04:01 GMT 2001

I have seen this behaviour between two installs of samba.  We have a
Linux based backup server (2.2.1a) using smbtar to do weekly archives
of various desktop machines.

The desktops are a mix of Win2000/NT4/solaris 2.6 with samba 2.2.1a

I have seen this behaviour recently causing backups to fail by
crashing the smbtar and have been trying to pin it down.
Unfortunately, I need the backups to follow some sym links.


On Fri, 21 Sep 2001 DavidAtkinson at wrote:

> That problem relates to Symbolic References. You can turn off this behaviour
> with a directive like follow symbolic link = no, but you will have to check
> the manual. I have this behaviour on my servers too, and I mostly just
> ignore it, but you can either disable it or you can tel your users not to
> try going down all these directories.>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Barry, Christopher [mailto:cbarry at]
> Sent: Friday, 21 September 2001 9:35 AM
> To: Samba-Ntdom (E-mail)
> Subject: Weird Folder Looping
> Hi. Has anyone seen the behavior of having explorer folder traversal
> loop? By this I mean, directories repeat over and over.
> As an example, say the samba server has a share on it called documents.
> I'll navigate to a file 3 or 4 directories beneath documents. Let's say
> the path looks like:
> documents\dir1\dir2\dir3\dir4\somefile.txt
> As I expand the tree, it can drop back to the root of documents, adding
> ghost directories, like:
> documents\dir1\dir2\dir1\dir2\dir1\dir2\dir3\dir4\somefile.txt
> It's flaky. Has anyone seen this? Not all of our win2k boxes produce
> this problem, all are at sp2. I'm using msdfs with samba 2.2.1a

Mark Cooke                  The views expressed above are mine and are not
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