Couldn't set effective gid to 65534 currently set to (real=0,eff=0)

Edward Betts ed at
Thu Aug 26 12:46:55 GMT 1999

Here is a snippet from my /var/log/smb:

[1999/08/26 12:33:30, 1] smbd/server.c:main(628)
  smbd version 2.0.5a started.
  Copyright Andrew Tridgell 1992-1998
[1999/08/26 12:33:30, 1] smbd/files.c:file_init(216)
  file_init: Information only: requested 10000 open files, 246 are available.
[1999/08/26 12:33:30, 0] smbd/uid.c:become_gid(105)
  Couldn't set effective gid to 65534 currently set to (real=0,eff=0)
[1999/08/26 12:33:30, 0] smbd/uid.c:become_gid(107)
  Looks like your OS doesn't like high gid values - try using a different account
[1999/08/26 12:33:30, 0] smbd/service.c:make_connection(463)
  Can't become connected user!

I can not connect to my samba box. Every time I try to connect, the smbd tries
to change its uid to that of the connecting user, in this case it a guest
connection, so is changing to nobody, with a uid of 65534.

This is a Debian box, running the debian package of samba 2.0.5 with it running from inetd, I get the same if I try and run it as a daemon.

Can anybody help? Can you CC me with replies (I am not on the list). Is this a
known bug? I have experienced this on two machines, a 2.0.36 and 2.2.10 box.

What can I do, how do I get it working?

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