Samba WINS server killing NMBD process

John E. Malmberg wb8tyw at
Wed Aug 7 02:14:28 GMT 2002

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> I have the feeling that NMBD exits at the end of the "wins_write_database"
> routine, because it thinks that it is currently running as a child process
> of a fork() call, whivh is not true under VMS.

I did not see any fork() calls in the 2.0.6 version of SAMBA, but it 
definitely is present in the 2.2.x release.  Of course I may have missed 

> May be you could check :
> 1. that you have a WINS.DAT file in your SAMBA_ROOT:[VAR.LOCKS] directory,
> and that the modification date of this file is the same as your last try of
> running NMBD with WINS enabled, (if I am right, this is the last NMBD action
> before exiting)
> 2. If this is true, try to modify the NMBD_WINSSERVER.C file (in the [.NMBD]
> subdirectory of the SOURCE tree), by changing the line :
> 	wins_write_database(True);
> with:
> 	wins_write_database(False);
> Then, recompile and relink NMBD.

If this is the case, it may simply be a case of changing an option in 

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