[Samba] Machine confused about localhost

Paul Gienger pgienger at ae-solutions.com
Mon Dec 13 19:38:24 GMT 2004

> I run rpcclient without specifying an IP address and I get the 
> following error:
> # /products/samba/bin/rpcclient //localhost -U novosirj
> Password:
> cli_full_connection: failed to connect to //LOCALHOST<20> (
> Cannot connect to server.  Error was NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL
> ...the machine knows what localhost is otherwise:
> ...anyone have any insights?

(Speculating wildly like I usually do)  I'd say that is because 
smbd/nmbd don't register the name localhost at all.  When you say telnet 
localhost you're asking dns to look it up, which usually responds 
properly via /etc/hosts or possibly your dns server ( I think ours 
responds if you ask who localhost is).  When you ask for 
//localhost you're asking for the netbios host at localhost, which no 
one has claimed.

Try without the // or with //<servername> and see if that works out 
better for you.

Sorry if my usage of nmbd/netbios is bad.

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