[Samba] Cifs client

Max Kipness max at assuredata.com
Sat Dec 31 16:29:17 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


> 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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