[Samba] Re: file download crashes samba

Christopher Johnson johnsocs at gmail.com
Sun Jun 11 12:07:08 GMT 2006

All -

I've ran some more tests and I think I have come across some good

I decided that if the problem is truly related to my network card
driver on my current system then I should have the same problem using
NFS.  So I configured NFS and mounted it on my mac and was able to
download any directory with any number of files within it without a

After looking around a bit more I also found posts of people with
problem similar to this using samba.  I'm confident that the problem is
within samba and not my network card driver.

It's great that using NFS works for the mac, but this does not really
address the problem of connecting my windows clients to the linux samba

Any ideas would be great.


Adam Nielsen wrote:
> > While trying to copy a directory containing a large number of files (
> > ~600 1-5 mb files ) from my samba server to a client machine ( either
> > mac or windows ) my samba server crashes paralyzing my server machine
> > and forcing me to reboot it.  Once the behavior occurs I can no longer
> > ssh into the server or if I happen to be in it already I can't even
> > stop and restart samba.
> > I don't believe this is client issue as I can duplicate with both mac
> > and windows clients easily.  Any ideas resolving this issue would be
> > great.
> Given that you can no longer SSH into the server it looks like the
> machine is crashing, not Samba.  I've had this problem before with an
> early 2.6 kernel (it could've even been 2.6.9) where a bug in my
> network card driver (r8169) caused the whole machine to lock up.
> This meant that I could trigger the issue with any large network
> transfer, it wasn't restricted to Samba.  I'd look down this path
> first, as it's pretty uncommon for Samba to be capable of locking up
> the entire machine.
> Cheers,
> Adam.
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