[Samba] Authentication problems Still

Con Harte sysadmin at gfm.co.uk
Thu Feb 14 03:53:16 GMT 2002

Hi All,

I've tried everything I can think of, and spent many many
hours trying to get this Sun Solaris 8 machine to authenticate
with a Linux 7.1 machine acting as the PDC.

In summary:
Both machines are running 2.2.3a compiled from source
without additional arguments (just ran configure on each platform)
No problems with Win95, Win98, WinNT authenticating with the Linux
The Sun machine can attach to any other machine in the network,
no other machine on the network can attach to the Sun one, as it
invariably fails on obtaining authentication with the PDC.

A couple of the messages in the logs are as follows.
connect_to_domain_password_server: unable to setup the PDC credentials to 
machine GFMNET01. Error was : SUCCESS - 0.
tdb((NULL)): tdb_open_ex: could not open file 
/usr/local/samba/var/locks/unexpected.tdb: No such file or directory

I have tried copying the "unexpected.tdb" file from the PDC to the Sun
knowing that it probably shouldn't be done that way, but as yet I have
had no response to any posts, so I'm stuck between a big rock and a hard

Needless to say, that didn't work.  (Should this file be automatically
created, and if so under what circumstances?) It has never appeared on
the Sun machine, until I copied it there from the PDC.  I'm now going
to remove it as whatever the PDC stored in there has no business being
on a domain member machine (I'm guessing here)

I've read through the source started in password.c and think I know
roughly what's going on.  But it seems to me that the Sun machine
doesn't correctly interpret an OK response from the PDC.
(Byte Order issues?) -- Who knows? Not I.

Really desparate now.
Any comments welcome,
Please comment!?

Con Harte
A Broken Systems Administrator
GFM Services Ltd.

PS.  If there's anyone out there that plays Telegraph Fantasy Football,
you're gonna have to suffer till I get this issue resolved. It's hogging
all my time. :)

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