[Samba] Runaway samba processes

Robert Euston robert at euston.fslife.co.uk
Wed Oct 16 10:19:01 GMT 2002

Hi -

Thanks for the reply -

Unfortunately we are running a 24 hour service, so a stop and start is 
not a good option for us. I'm looking at downgrading to an earlier 
version to see if that alleviates the problem.

I think that this is looking like a bug in the samba code.


Joshua Weage wrote:
> I've had a similar problem under HP-UX, and I've seen another report of
> it on Linux.  I kill and restart samba every night using cron.  That
> takes care of most problems.  Even so, I've had this happen twice, but
> I'm not sure what is causing it.
>>We have Samba 2.2.5 running on AIX 4.3.3. The server is a very heavy 
>>duty server, and has 3 main shares, which are very large.
>>The problem is that after a few days of running, the server suddenly 
>>stops killing off newly spawned smbd processes. They do not die, even
>>when the original smbd process is killed. They will respond to a kill
>>-9, but killing off the main PID does not kill the runaway children. 
>>(Instead, their PPID goes to 1 )
>>Killing off all the smbd processes with kill -9, and restarting the 
>>daemon fixes the problem.

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