Weird Folder Looping

DavidAtkinson at DavidAtkinson at
Fri Sep 21 17:21:03 GMT 2001

In that case I have no idea. I have, however, only ever seen this problem
with some of my samba servers, and I was able to trace it all back to
looping sym links. Could you please send some details of the problem as you
have seen it on your NT systems as I want to try and replicate the results.
You've got me interested now. I have evedently never actually seen the
problem you are refering to.

-----Original Message-----
From: David A. Mason [mailto:damason at]
Sent: Saturday, 22 September 2001 10:13 AM
To: Mark Cooke; DavidAtkinson at
Cc: samba-ntdom at
Subject: Re: Weird Folder Looping

I don't think this one is Samba/symlinks' fault. I've seen it on NT file
servers, myself (even with no Linux clients).
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Cooke" <mpc at>
To: <DavidAtkinson at>
Cc: <samba-ntdom at>
Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2001 5:06 PM
Subject: RE: Weird Folder Looping

> 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.
> Mark
> On Fri, 21 Sep 2001 DavidAtkinson at wrote:
> > That problem relates to Symbolic References. You can turn off this
> > with a directive like follow symbolic link = no, but you will have to
> > 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
> > 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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