smbclient (1.9.18p3) kills WinNT 4 (SP3) Networking subsystem..

Simon Hyde shyde at
Sun Mar 15 22:18:09 GMT 1998

On Sat, 14 Mar 1998 14:40:28 +1100, you wrote:

>I was wondering if anyone else has seen the problem that I'm seeing with
>the latest version of Samba (1.9.18p3) under Solaris 2.6.  I'm using it in
>part to backup about 15 PC clients (all but two are running NT 4) with
>the Amanda backup program.  Anyway, the problem is that on occasion
>when doing a backup of one of these machines, the networking subsystem
>in NT just gives up and dies.  Once this happens, NOTHING via the network
>neighborhood is available, all network connections just timeout, etc.. The
>only fix is to reboot the system.
>I've noticed that smbclient NEVER appears to timeout and just give up!
>I just looked, and smbclient is still waiting for something to happen, even
>though my machine went "south" about 2 hours ago!  Perhaps a timeout
>mechanism should be put into smbclient?
>Anyway, I have noticed that IF I revert back to running 1.9.17p5 then the
>apparent problem appears to go away -- at least so far!
>When the problem does happen, I've seen it happen on SP3 and also on
>SP2 Win-NT machines.
>Any ideas on this would be appreciated.. Meanwhile I'll be once again
>switching back to 1.9.17p5

I've seen exactly the same problem on a WinNT (SP0 if I recall correctly)
system with using the smbclient in Samba 1.9.17p1 through smbtar to run a
backup (on an SGI running IRIX 6.2 if it makes any difference). We run
backups overnight and just found that smbclient seemed to stop halfway
through the backup and all the networking in the NT system went down (I
think I found out it was all the TCP/IP networking and not just SMB by
running trying to ping another machine, but I can't be sure about this
one). This was the only NT machine we had and was dual booting with windows
95 so for now we've fixed this by simply making sure that the machine is
running windows 95 at the time of the backup.
Simon Hyde

With a PC, I always felt limited by the software available.
On Unix, I am limited only by my knowledge.

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