Sometime cannot connect to samba server, Why ?

motec - Andrew Dennison andrew.dennison at
Tue Oct 27 02:04:20 GMT 1998

I used to have this problem with 1.9.17p4 of samba when PC's had file and
printer sharing enabled. I fixed it by stopping the PC's from becoming
Browse Masters by changing Browse Master to Disabled in the properties of
the "File and printer sharing for Microsoft Networks". I'm sure there is a
better fix but this worked for me. I think later versions of samba may fix
this, as 1.9.18p7 in redhat 5.1 has not exhibited this problem when some new
PC's were recently added to the network.


Andrew Dennison
Engineering Manager - MoTeC Australia

-----Original Message-----
From: samba at [mailto:samba at]On Behalf Of
Panyarak Aaron Ngamsritragul
Sent: Tuesday, 27 October 1998 12:36
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Sometime cannot connect to samba server, Why ?

I have posted this question 3-4 weeks ago, but still get no response.

In my environment, I have one Linux box running Samba 1.8.18p5, and
there are about 20 Win95 clients which is in the same network.
The porblem I usually encountered is when I click on the samba server
icon in the NN icon, sometime I can get thru without any problem.
However, there are also many times that I got error message like
"cannot access resource" (Something like this, cannot remember precisely).

I also discovered that, once the samba server denied connection, I login
to the Linux box using Telnet client, become root and kill the smbd
process, I will be able to connect to the server w/o problem.
But since it is not resonable at all to give root access to everybody
so that they can kill the process and get connect to server....

What can be the cause the this problem ?

I have included my smb.conf in this mail for your reference too.

i would like to add that, I have also tried to disable some unnecessary
protocols, such as NetBEUI, unbind Windows Network from IPX/SPX protocol,
but still cannot solve the problem.

Panyarak Ngamsritragul
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Prince of Songkla University.

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