Updating smb.conf without restarting samba

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at switchboard.net
Fri Aug 29 17:51:31 GMT 1997

On Sat, 30 Aug 1997, Eloy A. Paris wrote:

> Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton <lkcl at switchboard.net> wrote:
> : samba should stat all its files, and re-read the config files (and all 
> : sub-config files rad from include = option).
> Does this mean that the Samba daemons (smbd and nmbd) are always sampling
> the smb.conf file

no, they stat it.

> to see if it has changed and if it has, they re-read
> it? Isn't this a perfomance hit?

not really.  the stat is only carried out on an idle loop (between 5 to 
20 seconds - i don't know.  it's a #define in smb.h)

> : if it _desn't, then do a kill -HUP to get it to re-read.
> nmbd.c (line 89) has this debug message in the HUP signal handler:
> DEBUG(0,("Got SIGHUP (reload not implemented)\n"));
> Is this "reload not implemented" a leftover from older versions that
> has to be cleaned or it is for real?

it's for real.  one of the things that needs to be implemented is 
interface reloading.  it wasn't in the version that i started at 
(1.9.15p6) and i didn't get round to adding it.  if it had been in, i 
would have maintained it.  short-sighted, really.


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