Samba Dropping Mounts - "Broken Pipe" msgs

auto852 at auto852 at
Mon Sep 25 06:31:05 GMT 2000

At Sun, 24 Sep 2000 20:52:43 +0200 (MET DST), Urban Widmark <urban at> 

>On Sat, 23 Sep 2000 auto852 at wrote:
>> After updating the kernel I get really nice and simple error messages:
>> kernel: smb_retry: caught signal
>> kernel: smb_retry: caught signal
>> kernel: smb_retry: signal failed, error=-3
>> last message repeated 4 times
>> last message repeated 6 times
>> last message repeated 3 times
>> and one more glitch has occured since upgrading the kernel to 2.2.16-
>> which hadn't occured previously...
>The "smb_retry: caught signal" problem should no longer occur in
>2.2.18pre3 or so. You will probably not find a RedHat rpm for kernel 
>versions so you may have to compile your own.

Yikes, I've never compiled a kernel before and in this case (from what I 
could see) it requires compiling pre-patch-2.2.17-20 (required for) then 
pre-patch-2.2.18-10 (was the latest I could see) by someone named alan. 
I've been a tech for over 6yrs and I've only just begun to learn linux. 
(slap me silly). :)
Can those kernels be trusted? And any pointers towards information for how 
I would go about compiling a new kernel without messing up my existing one? 
(I understand LILO so that's cool but I can't afford to have the (production) 
server go down on me even for even a minute). I know it's a little off topic 
and I might be asking for too much but maybe if you could message me privately 
or something if it's not too much trouble? (as my right-hand helper has 
just gone on vacation for a week. (I promise not to harass you) hehe  Oh 
how I wish there was a simple fix ;)

thnx again.

>> now... on each reboot (during shutdown process) the system hangs while 
>> to unmount the filesystem, so I have had to hard reset the system 
>on each
>> reboot.
>If you umount a smbfs share when the network has been downed the umount
>will hang (there is no timeout on send or receives). It's known and 
>be fixed in recent distributions by simply moving the umount of smbfs
>before shutting down the networking.
>smbfs should of course not require a working network to umount.
>Are you sure you didn't get this in 2.2.14 if you had smbfs mounted?

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