[Samba] nmbd port problem

Jon Houg jon.houg at peregrine.com
Wed Apr 10 10:02:09 GMT 2002

Hi Martyn,

Thank you for the suggestions.  I agree, I think it should be fairly easy to
make a change to our code to use another port besides 137.  On the other
hand, would this issue qualify as a request for enhancement for a future
release of Samba?  If so, how would I submit this?

Thanks again,


-----Original Message-----
From: Martyn Ranyard [mailto:ranyardm at lineone.net]
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2002 9:02 AM
To: Jon Houg
Cc: 'Samba'
Subject: Re: [Samba] nmbd port problem

Yes, you could run the server on a different port, but it would lose it's 
functionality - WINS is pre-set on windows machines and they will look on 
the default ports of nmbd.

Options :

Get the programmer to not use other specified ports (see /etc/services and 
pick one of the unused ones) - these are standards he/she is breaking and 
should be convinced to change that - or

Get his/her program to bind to one address only, and run with different IPs 
e.g. his software runs on the current IP say and samba binds to - or

Don't use WINS and have problems looking up machine names on windows


Hope this helps

At 08:59 AM 4/10/02 -0700, Jon Houg wrote:
>I am using Samba 2.0.10 on a Red Hat 7.1 machine.  When attempting to start
>the 2 Samba background tasks - "smbd" and "nmbd", I get this error in the
>"log.nmb" file:
>         bind failed on port 137 socket_addr= (Address already in
>To make a long story short, I've determined that there is another process
>from one of our own products using this same port 137.  I've contacted the
>Developer of this product and asked him if the port that this product uses,
>can be changed.  He said this cannot be done.  So, my question to the Samba
>community is, is there a way I can tell Samba either through the "smb.conf"
>file or some other means, to use a port other than 137 and/or 139 to start
>"nmbd" and successfully use Samba along with our own product on this same
>Jon Houg
>Peregrine Systems
>jon.houg at peregrine.com
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Martyn Ranyard

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