Run away number of smbd children

Kevin Robinson kevinr at
Mon Oct 8 19:48:02 GMT 2007

Hello all,

I'm new to this list.  I'm running samba-3.0.26a using AD on a Solaris 9 
box (uname -a = 'Generic_122300-09 sun4u sparc SUNW,Netra-T12') compiled 
with gcc-3.3.2 .  We average around 600 to 800 smbd processes at any 
given time.  Recently, however, the number of smbd processes grow up 
into the thousands and the load on the box ... well I've never seen the 
load grow to 5400+, and that was just today.  This spawning condition 
seems to be load related, but even that assumption is intermittent.  We 
do have samba answering to a cname not an aname.  Samba rocks on this 
box most of the time, btw :D

I neglected to attach cores or a log level of 10 captures as I wanted to 
  ensure this was the right place to post this.

gcc's compile options:
Configured with: ../gcc-3.3.2/configure --prefix=/usr/local/gcc-3.3.2 
--enable-shared --enable-threads=posix --enable-languages=c,c++ 
Thread model: posix

samba's options:
./configure --with-smbwrapper --with-quotas --with-automount 
--with-acl-support \
--prefix=/usr/local/samba-3.0.26a --with-ldap --with-ads 

Thanks in advance!

Kevin Robinson, B.Sc.
SysAdmin for University IT Services

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