[Samba] Best practices for long-running Samba server

Stuart Highlander fsb at ntwsdb.com
Tue Jan 25 13:56:18 GMT 2005


i, too, have experienced some browsing issues since upgrading to samba
3.0.7-2 on an FC1 server.  the server stays up in terms of months than days
(thanks samba team).

restarting smb on the wins server every day seems to have eased this problem
for me. for a baling wire fix, i set up a cron job to restart smb on my
samba wins server when my users are not on my system every day.  this seems
to have "fixed" my browsing issues.

even when i have restarted smb on a server with users on the system, the
effects on my users have been almost nil.  my setup is not very
sophisticated, so i do not know how it would effect your situation.

if you have users on the system all hours of the day, then this may not


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Misty Stanley-Jones" <misty at borkholder.com>
To: <samba at samba.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 25, 2005 7:37 AM
Subject: [Samba] Best practices for long-running Samba server

> Hi all,
> I have been having the weirdest network browsing problems on my network
> past week.  Come to find out the wins.dat file got corrupted.  Removing
> file fixed everything.  Because our systems typically have uptimes
> in months rather than days, and it is difficult for me to restart Samba
> except as a scheduled task (which I'm afraid to do because there are users
> who come in earlier than I do in the AM and users that work later than me
> the PM, and I don't want them having to call me at home :D ), I need to
> what the best practice is for the .dat and .tdb files.  Is it normal for
> to become corrupt over time?  Is there some best practice for how often to
> remove them and let them re-populate?  Anything else I should know for a
> Samba instance that typically runs for months on end without interruption?
> Thanks in advance,
> Misty
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