[Samba] WINS server not appearing in Nethood

Gary Stainburn gary.stainburn at ringways.co.uk
Tue Mar 11 13:10:34 GMT 2003

Hi folks,

I've had a setup working for quite some time and everything's fine except that 
the server that hosts the WINS never appears in the network neighbourhood, 
and when trying to connect to that server there is a small delay.

As few people need to browse to it, the problem's had a low priority as the 
WINS side of it is working fine, and the rest of the nethood is also working 

However, when I tried to use smbclient to connect to itself today I saw an 
error message which may relate to the problem, and therefore possibly point 
to a fix.

Below is the session I am talking about, followed by the basics from my 
smb.conf. is a Linux box at a remote site, running as browse master 
for the Doncaster workgroup.

[root at larry cgi-bin]# smbclient //larry/pdf
added interface ip= bcast= nmask=
wins_srv_died(): Could not mark WINS server down.
Address not found in server list.
Domain=[LEEDS] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 2.2.1a]
smb: \> 
[root at larry cgi-bin]#

   workgroup = LEEDS
   server string = Networker (Larry) - was linux
   printcap name = /etc/printcap
   load printers = yes
   printing = lprng
   guest account = pcguest
   log file = /var/log/samba/log
   max log size = 0
   security = share
    remote browse sync =
    remote announce =
    remote announce =
    local master = yes
    os level = 44
    domain master = yes
    preferred master = yes
  name resolve order = wins lmhosts host bcast
   wins support = yes
   wide links = yes
   dns proxy = no

   comment = PDF Generator
   path = /var/spool/samba
   browseable = yes
   public = yes
   guest ok = yes
   printable = yes
   print command = /usr/bin/smbtopdf '/var/spool/samba/' '%f' '%J' '%m'

Gary Stainburn
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