[Samba] Slow eth0 Config

Eric Hines eehines at comcast.net
Mon Jun 20 01:08:33 GMT 2005


This is a strange problem, and I'm not sure this is the right place for 
it, so feel free point me to a better location.  I'm running FC3 and 
Samba 3.0.14a. 

The problem is this: when I boot up my Linux box, and it gets to the 
point of turning on my NIC (eth0), where the PC used to turn it right on 
and continue, now there's an inordinately long delay in getting eth0 to 
come up--so long that the PC drops back to its earlier, coarse-text 
bootup screen where it's gutsing up the local file systems for several 
10s of seconds.  When the PC returns to its later screen that shows the 
various daemons and other functionalities being turned on, eth0 is up 
and running, and 5-6 other functionalities have already been turned on, 
as well, and the bootup completes in otherwise normal fashion.  I'm 
working through JHT's online BYEXAMPLE  book's Chapt 3 exercise, and 
I've reached the point where I've written the DNS config files and 
turned on named.  The problem began at this point in time.  Also, 
ethereal indicates that the Linux PC is sending out exactly 0 broadcast 
packets asking for dynamic address confirmation/reassignment, even 
though the PC has been set to get its address automatically via DHCP.  
Further, the machine's /etc/hosts file has the following line in it 
(which it has always had, so this ought not be a problem, unless there's 
something fundamentally different between Chapt 3 and the earlier 
chapters): " lserver1".  I'm running this with Chapt 2's 
smb.conf file as my version of Chapt 3's smb.conf file has its own 
problems which I haven't had a chance to trouble shoot--it causes the 
PC's bootup to hang--completely, this time--on trying to bring up snmb.  
I don't think this earlier .conf file is related, though, or is it?  At 
the same time, I've switched from a Linksys 4-port router/firewall for 
my LAN to a Linksys 8-port router/firewall.  I don't think this is 
relevant, but I'm too ignorant at this point blithely to discount it.

I've turned off named, so the DNS stuff ought no longer be running, but 
this has had no effect.  I've also turned off the sshd with no effect.

Any thoughts on what's going on?


Eric Hines

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I ever met.
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