[Samba] Tracking down a Samba problem under load

Brian_Pickering at selinc.com Brian_Pickering at selinc.com
Wed Jun 22 15:50:51 GMT 2005

No, I built from the source package with the RedHat patches merged in. I'm 
pretty sure the problem has something to do with the pattern and special 
loading that ClearCase puts on Samba(lots of locks per client, locks held 
for a long time), since none of the other Samba servers we have with 
similar client load have this problem.

Brian Pickering - Brian_Pickering at selinc.com
System Administrator - Information Services
Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc.

Tony Earnshaw <tonye at billy.demon.nl> 
Sent by: samba-bounces+brian_pickering=selinc.com at lists.samba.org
06/21/2005 11:30 PM

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Re: [Samba] Tracking down a Samba problem under load

tir, 21.06.2005 kl. 21.12 skrev Brian_Pickering at selinc.com:

> We use Samba as an interop file sharing solution for the ClearCase 
> control system.  Unfortunately we have run into a problem after a recent 

> upgrade to RedHat Enterprise 3.  This problem occurs both with the 
> included 3.0.9-1.3E.3, and a custom compile of the latest 3.0.14a direct 

> from Samba.
> The symptoms are: under high load, such as during a build, new samba 
> processes will spawn, but not respond.  A ps list shows many smbd 
> processes active, but no new connections can be established.  Older 
> connections seem to still function ok.  Shutting down samba via the 
> standard RedHat method "service smb stop" only kills the older 
> and the new non-responding ones must be kill -9'd to get them to 
> terminate.  Base level logging tells me nothing, and turning up the 
> level just gets more of the same, but I'm not extremely well versed in 
> what I'd be looking for to isolate the problem.  I have seen a few 
> in the log, usually one or two per day, but the not responding problem 
> doesn't seem to coincide with any of those.
> My basic problem is, I don't have any way of figuring out where the 
> problem lies, and what to submit as a bug.  Any pointers in that 
> would be very helpful.

Did you install binary rpms? If so, try to build and install the 3.0.14a
srpm (source code in the BUILD directory should be patched with the
3.0.14a anti-spin patch).

The reason I write this is, that we have no problems with the srpm on a
moderately loaded (30-40 w2k workstations) RHAS3 server.


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