Start and stop the samba server
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spammail at quanta.paypc.com
Thu Sep 24 04:35:45 GMT 1998
> Is there a good way to stop and restart the samba server...
> for example to have it re read the smb.conf, without rebooting the
> actual pc?
> if I should kill a process should I kill them all ??? if so is there an
> efficent way to do this?
Heheheh, you guys should read your unix command line help. :) The command
you want is:
killall -HUP smbd
killall kills (or sends the specified signal) to all exectuables which the
I've never had problems just SIGTERM'ing (no signal specified to
kill/killall) smbd's on "live" sessions. The only problem I'd envisage would
be with oplocked files (smbstatus is your friend!).... in which case -HUP
would be the preferred technique - though the changes aren't applied to
already-established sessions. It sounds like samba automagically re-reads
its smb.conf anyhow; I excerpt from the current samba man page:
The configuration file, and any files that it includes,
are automatically reloaded every minute, if they change.
You can force a reload by sending a SIGHUP to the server.
Reloading the configuration file will not affect connec-
tions to any service that is already established. Either
the user will have to disconnect from the service, or smbd
killed and restarted.
So if you have a "dead time" auto-logout (as I do), the changes will be
picked up eventually. If you wish to force an immediate change, than
SIGTERMing the sessions is the only way (that is, kill/killall without a
specified signal name).
Ya know, every time I install/radically alter/remove vital system services
from my always-busy intranet server box without having to run for another cd,
reboot multiple times, or experience any downtime or interruption of service
whatsoever, I thank whatever wisdom resides within me which prodded me into
deep-sixing my NT4 servers. (We also manage to get one box to do what
required two boxes to perform satisfactorily, and then some.).
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