[Samba] Cifs client

James Presley jpresley at neubus.com
Fri Dec 30 18:06:59 GMT 2005

How do you have the share setup on the Linux side? I had a problem when I
did the mount via SMBFS in my /etc/fstab. When I switched to CIFS instead it
seemed to fix it. I don't have samba running on the server, the two are not
maintained in parallel. I think the samba team has just been gracious enough
to work on/maintain the CIFS after SMBFS wasn't being further developed. I
am using FC3 on my linux side and Win2k3 AS on the windows side. 


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[mailto:samba-bounces+jpresley=neubus.com at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of Max
Sent: Friday, December 30, 2005 11:13 AM
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Subject: [Samba] Cifs client

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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