[Samba] Cifs client

Max Kipness max at kipness.com
Fri Dec 30 17:13:21 GMT 2005

I've been using the latest cifs 1.8 client at http://linux-cifs.samba.org/
with Fedora 3 and RHE 4.

This client seems to have a lot of issues that I did not notice when using
smbfs. It seems like when there is an issue with connectivity to a windows
machine, and you try to access a cifs mount, the entire session locks up.
I basically have to kill the session, log back on, and then there is no
way to kill the process as it is showing a 'D' for 'waiting for I/O. There
have been times on various linux servers where I had so many unkillable
cifs processes that I then could not even do a reboot or shutdown of the
system. I have had to physically hold the power down to halt the computer.

My question is whether this in any way relates to Samba itself on the
system. I see various revisions of the whole Samba suite, but I believe
these revisions only handle improvements on the server-end.

Anybody else using cifs for connectivity that has had these issues? Are
there any ways around this or it is the product just unstable at this


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