Error: Looping in FIND_NEXT?? w. 2.0.7 & 2.2.0 connecting to WFW 3.11

Steve Williams steve at
Mon Nov 27 00:07:03 GMT 2000

Hi All,

I am using Samba 2.0.7 on OpenBSD, AIX, and Linux, trying to get a directory
listing from a Windows for Workgroups 3.11 system, I am getting an error:
( I know, it's ancient, but it's a legacy issue, it's running a proprietary
  comm program that I can't move onto a newer environment! )

smb: \> dir
Error: Looping in FIND_NEXT??
ERRSRV - ERRerror (Non-specific error code.) listing \*

                64862 blocks of size 8192. 47478 blocks available
smb: \>

I checked out the latest CVS( 2.2-alpha??) , compiled it up, and am still 
getting the same error message.

Given the vintage of the Windoze that I am trying to connect to, I figured
an older vintage of Samba might have a better chance.

I downloaded & compiled samba-1.9.18p8, and it connects fine and gives
the directory listing 100 % of the time.

Now that I have a workaround, I am not that concerned, but since I have
seen messages of 2.2 alpha's floating around, I am not sure if anyone is
concerned about this (lack) of backwards compatability?

I am a C programmer, and am quite comfortable with system administration, 
so I would be in a position to help troubleshoot.  I did a quick look 
into the code, and the problem must be more in the session setup, because
the calls to cli_dir are pretty much the same.... hummmmm...

Thanks for a fantastic product!
	Steve Williams, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
	Genie Computer Systems Inc.
	steve at

"A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes that he is 
 no longer indispensable."
- Admiral Richard E. Byrd ( 1888-1957 )

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