Samba Processes taking 95% of CPU

Tom Hallewell hallewellt at
Mon Jan 17 17:57:42 GMT 2000

> I am a new Linux/Unix user - had Linux installed by a consultant.
> Everything ran nicely for two weeks or so then Samba started acting
> strangely.

What version of Samba are you running?  We use RH 6.0, and were having
problems  with pre 2.0.5a versions taking over the CPU, but haven't had
any trouble since we upgraded.  There is an rpm for 2.0.5a at the Redhat
site that might help. (assuming you are running on intel).
I haven't seen an rpm for 2.0.6 yet. 
> RH 6.0 Linux Server / NT 4.0 SP5 clients - suddenly I am seeing a
> user Samba processes taking 95% -98% of CPU - basically bringing the
> server to its knees (users cannot authenticate and shares are not
> available). The user is not even logged onto the system. I can kill
> the process and generally everything goes back to normal - but about
> 50% of the time Samba at root will shoot up to 95% CPU. I try to kill
> samba at root with KILL PID but am not able to kill the process.
> Requires a restart to clear up the mess. Has happened once a day over
> the last week. This can happen when I have only two NT users logged
> onto the system (typically I have 30-40 users during work hours).
> If anyone can offer some suggestions on how to troubleshoot this
> problem and suggest solutions.. I would appreciate it.
> Best regards,
> Hugh Evans

When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always
one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to
take command.  Very often, that individual is crazy.
-Anon.,  14th Century

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