[Samba] Cifs client

Max Kipness max at kipness.com
Sat Dec 31 16:31:39 GMT 2005

I setup the mounts from the command line.

I've done this for years with smbfs, and although there is always an issue
when you try to access a mount to a windows machine that has gone stale,
doesn't exist, etc, I've never had sessions lock up so severely that I had
to physically power down the linux server as I have with cifs.

Other than this issue, cifs works great and has many improvements over smbfs.


> 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.
> James
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> [mailto:samba-bounces+jpresley=neubus.com at lists.samba.org] On Behalf
> Of Max Kipness
> 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 point?
> Thanks,
> Max
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