nmbd & netbios name -> many addreses

Peter Polkinghorne Peter.Polkinghorne at brunel.ac.uk
Fri Mar 5 15:34:16 GMT 1999

> Cool.
> That is, that your Samba 1.9.18p10 server is acting as a WINS (NBNS)
> server and as the Domain Master Browser, right?  That rev of Samba 
> doesn't have the Domain Control functionality active, so I assume you're 
> using it as a DMB.
Yes - Domain Master Browser - too much of this terminology is getting the 
keywords in the right order :-(.
> I don't recall any changes between 1.9.18 and 2.0 that would have fixed
> this, but I often miss these things.  The big change in nmbd (from my
> perspective) was that the namelists were converted from linked lists to
> splay trees, for speed.  Before 1.9.18 I didn't have my hands in, so I
> don't know what might have happened in between. 
One other oddity perhaps - the older one (1.9.16p10) will respond to queries 
without the -R flag from nmblookup.
> > The Windows NT workstation (4.0 sp3) using the new WINS server is unhappy
> > when given a "net use \\magda-8\SHARE" command - returns:
> > 
> > System error 53 has occured.
> >
> > The network path was not found.
> Which means that it cannot resolve the name to a (single) IP address.
So it is upset by netbios name -> multiple addresses?

> > Is nmbd at fault here (or are Microsoft wrong)?
> > 
> > Should I just upgrade to 2.0.3 (something I plan to do in due course)?
> Working with 2.0.3 means we'll all be on the same page.  I don't think
> that there were many functional changes to nmbd between 1.9.18 and 2.0
> (again, could have missed something), though Jeremy did do a lot of work
> between 1.9.17 and 1.9.18.  I share your question: which is the "correct" 
> behavior?

Another question - I notice that the WINS server runs 2 nmbd daemons - one I 
believe is to do the DNS lookups - and 2ce I have had it disappear - the only 
sign from syslogs has been - no visible core files:

Mar  3 19:11:09 olya.brunel.ac.uk nmbd[22224]: Got SIGPIPE
Mar  3 19:11:09 olya.brunel.ac.uk nmbd[22224]: sync_browse_lists: Failed to 
t browse sync with NIKOS

I am running Solaris 2.5.1.  Am I unusual in using Samba as a WINS server?  I 
am a little disappointed that I am encountering these troubles moving from 
1.9.16p10 to 1.9.18p10.

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