Problem with browse lists under Samba3.0a21

Steve Langasek vorlon at
Thu Jan 9 14:55:00 GMT 2003

Hi Cameron,

On Thu, Jan 09, 2003 at 10:56:02PM +1100, c.maxwell at wrote:

> I've been running 3.0alpha21 as a production PDC for the last 2 months
> now and it's been bloody amazing.

> Until today :-)

> I have lost the ability to browse the 'ARM' domain from windows
> workstations

> When I go to Entire Network > ARM, I get an error 'ARM is not
> accessible. The list of servers for this workgroup is not available'

> However, I can connect to machines via unc: \\server and \\server\share
> work fine

> This shows up repeatedly in /var/log/samba/nmbd.log, but for every
> workstation:

> [2003/01/09 22:52:37, 3]
> nmbd/nmbd_incomingrequests.c:process_name_registration_request(226)
>   process_name_registration_request: Name registration for name
> ARMPRINT<20> IP on subnet
> [2003/01/09 22:52:37, 4]
> nmbd/nmbd_workgroupdb.c:find_workgroup_on_subnet(156)
>   find_workgroup_on_subnet: workgroup search for ARM on subnet
> found.
> [2003/01/09 22:52:38, 5] libsmb/nmblib.c:read_packet(718)
>   Received a packet of len 68 from ( port 137
> [2003/01/09 22:52:38, 4] libsmb/nmblib.c:debug_nmb_packet(106)
>   nmb packet from header: id=32786
> opcode=Registration(5) response=No
>       header: flags: bcast=Yes rec_avail=No rec_des=Yes trunc=No auth=No
>       header: rcode=0 qdcount=1 ancount=0 nscount=0 arcount=1
>       question: q_name=ARMPRINT<20> q_type=32 q_class=1
>       additional: nmb_name=ARMPRINT<20> rr_type=32 rr_class=1 ttl=300000
>       additional   0 char `.....   hex 6000C0A801A6

> I have tried deleting the browse.dat file while samba is stopped and
> then starting again, but to no avail.

I noticed this behavior in alpha21 just yesterday.  The problem is that
alpha21 will participate in LMB elections, but it doesn't actually return
a browse list to machines that ask.

A workaround is to set 'local master = no' in your smb.conf and let some
other machine take over the browse list until the 3.0 alpha series is

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer
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