[Samba] Time outs and data corruption on WAN using VPN

Rick Timmis mailing-lists at uglyrock.org
Mon Jul 17 10:51:11 GMT 2006


We are using Samba on Debian Sarge (version 3.0.14a-Debian) and have it 
configured for simple file share access. 
All services work without issues on the Local network.

However we have a number of remote workers who connect in via VPN (Via IPCOP 
and Linsys IPSEC), these workers are all using Windows XP

The problem looks as though it may be related to oplocks or network timeouts / 

Here are the symptoms

Files are written but contain either corrupt data or no data at all. Somtimes 
the file is written and then deleted again (I suspect often no data has been 
transferred )

Windows client post errors such as

The netowrk path is too deep
The network name no longer exists

We are consistently getting log messages like these

Exhibit A.


d9rm152j ( connect to service work initially as user keith
04, gid=100) (pid 13006)
[2006/07/17 09:01:46, 0] lib/util_sock.c:read_socket_data(384)
  read_socket_data: recv failure for 4. Error = Connection reset by peer
[2006/07/17 09:01:46, 1] smbd/service.c:close_cnum(830)

Exhibit B.


d9rm152j ( connect to service work initially as user keith
(uid=1004, gid=100) (pid 12116)
[2006/07/17 08:43:06, 0] lib/util_sock.c:read_socket_with_timeout(321)
  read_socket_with_timeout: timeout read. read error = Connection reset by
[2006/07/17 08:43:06, 0] smbd/oplock.c:oplock_break(841)
  oplock_break: receive_smb error (Connection reset by peer)
  oplock_break failed for file Admin/test/DSC01506.JPG (dev = 1641, inode =
7356435, file_id = 135).
[2006/07/17 08:43:06, 0] smbd/oplock.c:oplock_break(931)
  oplock_break: client failure in break - shutting down this smbd.
[2006/07/17 08:43:06, 1] smbd/service.c:close_cnum(830)

--------Exhibits End ---------------

smb.conf is as follows

        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
        passwd chat = *Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n 
*Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n .
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY
        obey pam restrictions = yes
        encrypt passwords = true
        passdb backend = tdbsam guest
        passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
        dns proxy = no
        netbios name = Emperor
        netbios aliases = emperor
        server string = %h server (Samba %v)
        invalid users = root
        path = /work
        default = global
        workgroup = MSHOME
        os level = 20
        comment = Shared working directory
        create mode = 775
        syslog = 0
        panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
        max log size = 1000
        directory mode = 775
        use sendfile = no

        create mask = 0700
        comment = Home Directories
        browseable = no
        directory mask = 0700
        writeable = yes
        path =

   comment = All Printers
   browseable = no
   path = /tmp
   printable = yes
   public = no
   writable = no
   create mode = 0700

   comment = Printer Drivers
   path = /var/lib/samba/printers
   browseable = yes
   read only = yes
   guest ok = no

        writeable = yes

Any help or documentation pointers would be really appreciated

Thanks and Regards

Rick Timmis
Adaptive Linux Solutions

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