smbmount and Linux 2.2.x

Paul PELaufer at
Sun Jan 31 08:00:11 GMT 1999

My guess is that this is related to my earlier post about smbmount
mounting before daemonizing. The kernel gets the PID of the parent process
and not the daemon, so if it needs the connection reset or something it
sends the signal to the wrong PID. The biggest sign of this is smbmount
daemons sticking around after the share has been unmounted. Also you
should see in your syslog:

smb_retry: signal failed, error=XXX

Paul Laufer

On Sun, 31 Jan 1999, James Willard wrote:

>    I've been using Samba on my Linux 2.0.x system for quite a while, and I
> have been using the smbmount package for Linux. Well, when I moved to Linux
> 2.2.x recently, I obviously had to use the smbmount that comes with Samba
> 2.0. Previously, I mounted a SMB share using:
> smbmount //jersey/c /jersey/c -U root -g adm -d 770 -f 660 -P ""
> Now, using the smbmount and smbmnt utilities that come in the samba 2.0
> distribution, I type:
> smbmount //jersey/c -U root -c "mount /jersey/c -g adm -d 770 -f 660"
> Which does successfully mount the share with the mount point being
> /jersey/c. I am able to access the files as I did with the older smbmount
> program, but after a period of time, varying between 15 minutes to an hour
> or more, the connection goes bad. Running ps aux shows the smbmount process
> still running, but any attempt to access the mounted share gives:
> holstein:~$ ls /jersey/c
> /bin/ls: /jersey/c: I/O error
> I am also seeing this same problem on a totally different system. There
> aren't any problems with other machines connecting to the shares on the
> Linux boxes, it's just shares mounted from Linux. The setup is as follows:
> System 1:     Linux 2.2.1       System 2:     Linux 2.2.0 
>               Redhat 4.2                      Slackware 3.4
>               Samba 2.0.0                     Samba 2.1.0-prealpha
> My question is: Is anyone else seeing these problems? Is this a Linux
> problem, Samba problem, or am I basically mounting it wrong in the first
> place?
> Thanks for your time,
> James D. Willard
> james at
> -- 

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