Samba locks-up after a while

kevin.wilson at kevin.wilson at
Sat Sep 15 03:45:02 GMT 2001

Hello Don,

Thanks for the input, I entered the commands that you gave me 
when the samba had locked-up. There are about 10 smb 
processes running. If this is not normal, then does anyone have 
any ideas to get around this problem.


On 14 Sep 2001, at 14:12, MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1) wrote:

> Hello Kevin,
> I don't know much about suse linux or the IPChains stuff,
> but you might further isolate the problem by doing the following:
> When the problem occurs:
> 1. ps -ef|grep -i smb  to see if there are a LOT of smbd processes running
>    (indicating a lot of reconnection attempts and some sort of failure)
> 2. netstat -an|grep 139  to see if there are a lot of netbios connections
>    left hanging around in a fin_wait or other state that has used up some
>    system table resource that is hanging tcpip...
> Just a thought,
> Don
> -----Original Message-----
> From: kevin.wilson at [mailto:kevin.wilson at]
> Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 2:06 PM
> To: samba at
> Subject: Samba locks-up after a while
> Hello all,
> I have setup a friends Samba 2.2.0 with SUSE linux 6.4 and also 
> we use the linux server as a firewall using IPChains for Internet 
> access (with NAT).  I have the same setup and it all works fine.
> The problem he's getting is when copying large files (>100MB 
> each), Windows 98 just gives the error message 'Network Error'. 
> However after about 5 minutes, I don't get this problem at all. When 
> this error occurs, the TCP/IP on the server also stops responding 
> and hence on internet access stops. The only way to fix it is to 
> reset the server or restart the Network service.  However the 
> problem comes back!
> I would be grateful if anyone can put some light on this or even the 
> best place to start looking. The only difference between the two 
> servers is that mine is a PDC and my friends is set for Workgroup.
> P.S. I have also tried Samba 2.2.1 but had the same problem. I 
> don't belive it is hardware, because changed all the parts and re-
> install linux.
> Kevin  
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