[Samba] Small bug with Samba 3.0.7's smbd process (or just a bad compilation)???

Marcello Melfi marcello.melfi at videotron.ca
Thu Oct 7 02:30:52 GMT 2004

I have compiled and installed Samba 3.0.7 with MIT Kerberos 1.3.5 and
OpenLDAP 2.2.17. The reason for it is that I need to authenticate Windows'
user accesses to a Samba share via the Samba's ADS security mode.
I found out one potential problem with Samba 3.0.7 and I have one general
Normally, when Samba is started, there should be one smbd process and one
nmbd process up and running. Then, one additional smbd process is started
for each share established with a client pc. However, this is not the case
here. When I start Samba 3.0.7, I get two (instead of one) smbd processes
and one nmbd process. Other then that, everything seems to work ok (although
I did nor had the time to perform a lot of testing...). Is this a new Samba
feature or is there something wrong here?
Please note that I started Samba 3.0.7 with the same smb.conf file I used
with Samba 3.0.2a. It is setup in Domain security mode because I wanted
first to make sure that the binaries I created was at least functional.
Whether I use the Domain or ADS security mode, my requirements with Samba is
to have a network share from a Sun Solaris machine to be accessible to a few
(about 15) Windows 2000 machines so that the main application running on
these machines can export many data files on the Sun Solaris machine in a
transparent manner, i.e. thinking it is a Windows server.
I do not need (and do not want...) to have users logging on the Sun Solaris
machine and I do not have a need to provide a kind of general file server
service to many Windows users through Samba, nor do I need to implement a
SSO to users having both Windows and UNIX accounts.
I was able to implement successfully Samba 3.0.2a in DOMAIN security mode
that way. I need to do it in ADS security mode. The question is: do I really
need Winbindd, PAM, etc. for this? I do not think so in my particular
situation, but I would like to have this confirmed by someone from the Samba
team. Thanks in advance for the answer!
Marcello Melfi

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