[Samba] very very weird problem, Samba completely broken

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Fri Jul 7 22:51:59 GMT 2006

I didn't think it was possible that you would refute everything that I
said without checking a single bit of information but you definitely did

It's obvious that you merely want to debate and that your request for
help wasn't really a desire to learn anything or fix anything...just a

I'm done - anyone else - feel free to step in.


On Fri, 2006-07-07 at 18:34 -0400, Eric Evans wrote:
> >probably would be much easier if you understood Windows Networking
> >principles.
> I'm sure it would, I'm trying my best to learn them.  In the meantime I 
> have a bunch of users who are impatient to get this thing working ASAP and 
> who are not patient enough to wait around while I read an entire book on 
> Windows networking before tackling their problem.
> >Nothing below suggests that you are using a WINS server...not in the
> >Windows clients, not in smb.conf.
> That is entirely correct.  I'm not using a WINS server and I have no need 
> to use a WINS server.
> >Make life easy for yourself, add 'wins support = yes' to smb.conf and
> >change your dhcp server to use as WINS server and node
> >type = '8'
> I have tried adding 'wins support = yes' to the smb.conf and it has no 
> effect on this problem.  Furthermore I don't see why that should be 
> necessary anyway since I'm not running a WINS server.  Also, I can't change 
> our DHCP server because it is controlled by a centralized agency that I 
> have no authority over, and I don't have configuration access to it.
> >READ the documentation...Samba by Example does excellent handholding for
> >the impatient...
> >
> >http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-Guide/
> >
> >I would suggest that you start with 'Small Office Networking'
> Yes I agree that the documentation is important, and I assure you that I 
> have been reading it and I'm still reading it.  I could just use a little 
> help here, is all.
> >Also note that firewalls would block access - probably a very good idea
> >to run firewalls on these systems since they appear to have public IP
> >addresses - thus a 'hosts allow = 128.253.175. ' would be a very good
> >thing. Firewall would have to allow ports 137:139 and probably 445 from
> >that same ip address range.
> Not going across a firewall, so this is not a problem.
> >Also note that you don't have any shares that users can see in your
> >above configuration since a "HOMES" share is only pertinent to those
> >that attach to a PDC/BDC and since you have surrendered that ground in
> >frustration, you can't have it.
> Now this is an interesting and surprising statement.  When we were running 
> Samba 2 we were definitely not using PDC or BDC, but we had a homes share 
> declared in the smb.conf and people were connecting to it every day without 
> any difficulty.  But you're saying now that you can't connect to the homes 
> share unless you are attaching to a PDC or BDC?  When did this happen?  Was 
> this a change in Samba's policy that occurred when they went from version 2 
> to version 3?
> Thanks,
> Eric

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