SAMBA stopped working

Tillman, Brian (AGRE) Brian.Tillman at
Mon Nov 1 15:59:06 GMT 2004

A few months ago, SAMBA V2.2.8 on my three VMS system (two OpenVMS VAX V7.2 and one OpenVMS Alpha V7.3-1) stopped working.  Since I'm the only one actually using SAMBA connections to the VMS systems, I didn't bother to investigate.  Today I decided to, but before I did, I updated the Alpha only to the most recent V2.2.8.  On the Alpha, I noticed that the SMBD service in TCP/IP was disabled, even though TCPIP SHOW CONFIG SERVICE showed it as enabled (i.e., should start on demand).  I enabled the service and restarted NMBD.  The NMBD processes on the VAXes were already running.

Despite that, the Windows "My Network Places" didn't show the systems.  I stopped the NMBD processes and cleaned out all logs and then restarted NMBD.  The workgroup and machines then appeared in My Network Places.  However, when I tried to open any of them, I was prompted for a username/password over and over.  I get no errors in any log, except for this showing in NMBD_STARTUP.LOG:

$set ver
$ arch = f$getsyi("ARCH_NAME")
$ nmbd :== $samba_exe:nmbd
$ opt = f$trnlnm("SAMBA_NMBD_OPTIONS")
$ nmbd "-d1" "-i"
Netbios nameserver version 2.2.8 started.
Copyright Andrew Tridgell and the Samba Team 1994-2002
standard input is not a socket, assuming -D option

I don't know if that last line is normal.

If I check the modification times of the files in the SAMBA tree, besides the Alpha executables, the following changed today:


SECRETS.TDB;1         1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.83
SMBPASSWD.DAT;2       1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.60

Directory SAMBA_ROOT:[VAR]

LOG.SMBD;1            1-NOV-2004 10:43:50.12
                      1-NOV-2004 10:27:17.74
                      1-NOV-2004 10:26:51.32
                      1-NOV-2004 09:36:52.01


BRLOCK.TDB;1          1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.74
BROWSE.DAT;1          1-NOV-2004 10:53:23.53
CONNECTIONS.TDB;1     1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.88
LOCKING.TDB;1         1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.78
MESSAGES.TDB;1        1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.86
NMBD.PID;1            1-NOV-2004 10:27:19.27
NTDRIVERS.TDB;1       1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.92
NTFORMS.TDB;1         1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.97
NTPRINTERS.TDB;1      1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.95
PRINTING.TDB;1        1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.90
SHARE_INFO.TDB;1      1-NOV-2004 10:43:54.99
UNEXPECTED.TDB;1      1-NOV-2004 09:35:46.78

Here's my SMB.CONF file.  This was working before and I haven't changed anything on the VAXes except for stopping and restarting the NMBDs:

   workgroup = Swdev
   dead time = 10
   map archive = no
   load printers = no
   security = user
   default service = default
   create mode = 0777
   server string = %h running Samba V%v (SWDEV)
   username map = /samba_root/lib/

   guest account = UCX$NOBODY
   log file = /samba_log/log.%m
   lock directory = /samba_root/var/locks
   share modes = no
   encrypt passwords = yes
   oplocks = no
   level2 oplocks = no

   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = no
   read only = no
   create mode = 0750

   comment = Brian's login directory
   path = /a305_disk/tillman
   valid users = tillman tillmabg
   public = yes
   writable = yes
   printable = no
   create mask = 0765
Brian Tillman

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