[Samba] WINS Server failing to start

David.Brown at csm.com.au David.Brown at csm.com.au
Thu Jan 30 23:02:28 GMT 2003

Hi All,

Just wondering if anyone has seen this problem before. Firstly heres some

We run a fair few RH 7.2 servers which had been running samba 2.2.3a
perfectly. I have now upgraded some of them to run samba 2.2.7a. On a few
of these upgraded servers i find that when samba is stopped then started or
restarted WINS fails to come up. Running smbclient -L //server reports

Now having looked through the debug logs i have found that when the smb
stop command is issued sometimes it fails to kill the running nmbd
processes (both of them). Therefore when smb goes to start up it cant start
nmbd as it is already started but is not accepting connections.

If i manually kill the nmbd processes it works no worries. Basically the
init script is not killing the nmbd processes, however the init script is
EXACTLY the same as the servers that work fine. (I might add that all the
server configurations are identical). I have tried every combination of
uninstall / reinstall / upgrade of the samba rpm without  luck. What
puzzles me is that it only occurs on some of the servers.

Obviously wins support = yes is set in the smb.conf file.

Any ideas welcome. Thanks in advance.
David Brown
Systems Specialist
CSM Technology
Darwin, NT, Australia
Email: david.brown at csm.com.au
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