Another showstopper in 2.2.5

Fredrik Ohrn ohrn at
Tue Aug 20 05:33:00 GMT 2002

OK, I've had some time to dig into my favourite showstopper.

Sooner or later the smbd dies on a SIGPIPE when trying to send a 
keepalive. The SIGPIPE isn't catched, thus it leaves stale sharemodes.

I don't think the stale sharemode is a problem, the next smbd process 
removes it when the file is accessed (this is what threw me of at first, 
if the file isn't accessed again the stale sharemode will be visible 
forever in smbstatus).

BUT, this sudden switch of smbd processes leaves Word/Excel/etc in limbo. 
When the new smbd takes over, Word may either think the file is still 
locked by another (unknown) user, or it thinks that the disk is full when 
saving, or it thinks that you are trying to save on a floppy that has been 

Heres a sample session with gdb:

[root at olivia ~]# gdb /usr/local/samba/bin/smbd 2386
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This GDB was configured as "i386-mandrake-linux"...
/root/2386: No such file or directory.
Attaching to program: /usr/local/samba/bin/smbd, process 2386
Reading symbols from /lib/
Loaded symbols for /lib/
Reading symbols from /lib/
<more symbol-loading snipped>

0x4015754e in select () from /lib/
(gdb) handle SIG34 nostop
Signal        Stop      Print   Pass to program Description
SIG34         No        Yes     Yes             Real-time event 34
(gdb) cont

Program received signal SIG34, Real-time event 34.

<more SIG34s snipped>

Program received signal SIG34, Real-time event 34.

Program received signal SIGPIPE, Broken pipe.
0x4015e332 in send () from /lib/
(gdb) bt
#0  0x4015e332 in send () from /lib/
#1  0x0812f81d in sys_send ()
#2  0x0813e90b in write_socket_data ()
#3  0x0813e70b in send_keepalive ()
#4  0x080a2348 in timeout_processing ()
#5  0x080a264e in smbd_process ()
#6  0x08069959 in main ()
#7  0x4008a280 in __libc_start_main () from /lib/
(gdb) cont

Program terminated with signal SIGPIPE, Broken pipe.
The program no longer exists.

Things to note is that the client is alive and have had no (obvious) 
reason to drop the connection or otherwise stop responding. I have tried 
this over and over and it's allways in send_keepalive that the SIGPIPE of 
death happens.

In my config keepalive = 300 and deadtime = 0.

I've disabled keepalive now, I'll report tomorrow if it seems to help or 


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Fredrik Öhrn                               Chalmers University of Technology
ohrn at                                                  Sweden

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