[Samba] Samba shares becoming inactive after a while

Greg Folkert greg at gregfolkert.net
Mon Jun 14 15:01:45 GMT 2004

On Mon, 2004-06-14 at 03:09, Wilfred van Velzen wrote:
> When a user is not using a samba share, after a while they become
> "inactive". When a user wants to access the share again, it takes an
> irritating long time before they get access again. The (windows)
> application that does the accessing is not responding during that
> time. There are no drive letters assigned to the shares in a logon
> script. When I do assign a drive letter to the share (in a test
> situation), this problem doesn't seem to exist. But how can I prevent
> this without assigning drive letters to all the shares?
> Here's the global section of my /etc/samba/smb.conf :
> [global]
> 	workgroup = SERCOM
> 	server string = Samba Server
> 	encrypt passwords = Yes
> 	map to guest = Bad User
> 	time server = Yes
> 	unix extensions = Yes
> 	keepalive = 0
> 	printcap name = CUPS
> 	add user script = /usr/sbin/useradd -c Machine -d /dev/null -s
> /bin/false %m$
> 	domain logons = Yes
> 	os level = 65
> 	preferred master = Yes
> 	domain master = Yes
> 	printing = cups
> 	veto files = /*.eml/*.nws/riched20.dll/*.{*}/
> I've already experimented with the 'socket options' and 'keepalive' 
> options, but these don't seem to make any difference...

From the included docs for Samba:

deadtime (G)
        The value of the parameter (a decimal integer) represents the
        number of minutes of inactivity before a connection is
        considered dead, and it is disconnected. The deadtime only takes
        effect if the number of open files is zero.
        This is useful to stop a server's resources being exhausted by a
        large number of inactive connections.
        Most clients have an auto-reconnect feature when a connection is
        broken so in most cases this parameter should be transparent to
        Using this parameter with a timeout of a few minutes is
        recommended for most systems.
        A deadtime of zero indicates that no auto-disconnection should
        be performed.
        Default: deadtime = 0
        Example: deadtime = 15

Hope this helps.
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