smbd overspawning problems

Herb Lewis herb at
Thu Mar 19 23:41:49 GMT 1998

I say the same problem on an SGI system running 1.9.18p3.
I started killing xterms and other things on my desktop and
was finally able to do a ps and saw screenfulls of smbd's.
As fast as I was killing things something (I assume it was smbd)
would eat resources again. I couldn't even su to do a shutdown.
After rebooting all I saw in the log were a few print requests
but nothing that looked unusual. This machine was also the
wins server.

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick McCormick <pmccormi at MIT.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list <samba at>
Date: Thursday, March 19, 1998 3:38 PM
Subject: smbd overspawning problems

>I came back to my lab today to find the DEC AlphaStation 333 with DEC UNIX
>4.0A running Samba 1.9.18p1 reporting "no more processes."  It turned out
>there were smbd processes filling the process table.
>We use the Alpha for the login directories for a small (4 machine) NT
>The PDC is a real NT machine, and the Alpha holds all the user directories.
>The user profiles are set so that NT automatically mounts
>to drive Z: when they log in.
>Lately, I've been noticing that after I log in and work for awhile, NT will
>show every single drive (A-Z) that wasn't mapped previously mapped to the
>directory of the user who last logged into the machine.  I once tried
>disconnecting each drive (via Explorer) but after a few minutes they
>disappeared.  I certainly don't have NT set to map those drives
>so I'm not sure what's going on.  This also happens to other users.
>I suspect that today's many hundreds (thousands) of smbd's came from an
>exacerbation of the same problem.
>I will install 18p2 as soon as I can, but before then I'd like to know if
>anyone else has had this problem.
>--Pat McCormick

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