[Samba] Controlling Samba with xinetd

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Mon Jul 15 17:29:02 GMT 2002

Why don't you try it and tell us what happens?
Thinking about it, it sounds like a bad idea. smbd spawns copies of itself
to handle each request. So, if there are 10 people logged on to one share
each, I think you would find 10 copies of smbd running.
Sound inefficient, I know. And, I don't see how inetd would improve things.
Here is what I have right now:

[root at jhammer6 jlh]# ps ax | grep smbd
 1482 ?        S      0:00 smbd -D <--This is the pid in smbd.pid
 2179 ?        S     16:58 smbd -D
 6668 ?        S      0:00 smbd -D
 6939 ?        S      0:00 smbd -D

With smbstatus:

Samba version 2.2.1a
Service      uid      gid      pid     machine
Backup       root     root      2179   hammer2  ( Sun Jul 14 22:23:08 2002
public       ftp      ftp       6939   jhammer6 ( Mon Jul 15 20:21:14 2002
public       ftp      ftp       6668   hammer8  ( Mon Jul 15 19:43:38 2002


On Tue, Jul 16, 2002 at 09:46:57AM +0930, Freeman, Peter (ERHS) wrote:
> Hi all
> Just a query from a fellow tech who's playing with Samba.
> He just asked me the following question, it's something I've
> never really thought of, but on the face of it could be worth
> further investigation.
> Any thoughts??
> <snip>
> Was doing some research last night on high availablilty - 
> led me to a thought which I have seen around before but 
> decided it was not necessary.
> What are your thoughts on using inetd to control the Samba daemon?  
> This (ought to) fix problems with an unstable process running as the 
> user and crashing.  Usually a restart of Samba is required to get it 
> going again
> </snip>
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