Samba Problems

MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1) don_mccall at
Wed Feb 21 20:49:04 GMT 2001

Hello Juliano,
Looks like you have security=domain or server set up in
your smb.conf file, and it is expecting to find the 
SID file for your samba installation directly under the 
/etc directory.  Typically you would expect to find this
under /usr/local/samba/private subdirectory... although that 
is configurable at compile time as well as via an smb.conf 
parameter (it's kept in the same directory as the smbpasswd 
file, typically).
where is your smb.conf file located?  You might want to post
that, as well as how you are starting smbd.
How long had samba been up and running since you last started
Also, if you removed and reinstalled samba, then you are going
to need to check you smb.conf file to make sure your configuration
parameters are as you expect; and if you have security = domain,
you will need to follow the steps again to rejoin the domain
using the smbpasswd -j option.
Hope this helps,

-----Original Message-----
From: Juliano Sanches [mailto:jsanches at]
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 3:22 PM
To: samba at
Subject: Samba Problems

My friends

I have a problem im my samba server, simply he stopped working.
I tried to restart the services, but the service SMBD didn't work more.
the content of file /var/log/samba/log.smb is:

[2001/02/21 17:26:09, 1] smbd/files.c:file_init(216)
file_init: Information only: requested 10000 open files, 1014 are 
[2001/02/21 17:26:09, 0] lib/util_sid.c:string_to_sid(262)
string_to_sid: Sid < does not start with 'S-'.
[2001/02/21 17:26:09, 0] passdb/passdb.c:read_sid_from_file(821)
unable to generate machine SID.
[2001/02/21 17:26:09, 0] passdb/passdb.c:pdb_generate_sam_sid(882)
unable to read file /etc/MACHINE.SID. Error was Arquivo ou diretório não 
[2001/02/21 17:26:09, 0] smbd/server.c:main(682)
ERROR: Samba cannot create a SAM SID.

I removed and I reinstalled the samba, but without success.
Please I await for your help.

Juliano Sanches
e-mail: jsanches at <mailto:jsanches at>

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