[Samba] Samba3 and OS X 10.4.6

andy liebman andyliebman at aol.com
Sat May 13 11:22:12 GMT 2006

john at johnarends.com wrote:
> I have sort of an odd problem that I'm hoping someone can shed a light on.
> I brought up a brand new Fedora Core 4 box using the default 
> installation of Samba. The only change I made to smb.conf was to turn on 
> encrypting passwords, and then did an smbpasswd -a for my user account 
> and set a password.
> Using Windows XP, or OS X 10.3.9, I can connect to smb://server and be 
> asked to authenticate, and then get a list of shares.
> With 10.4.6 (I tried several machines) when trying to connect to 
> smb://server rather than giving me a list of shares or trying to get me 
> to authenticate, the progress bar on the connect to server dialog 
> "shimmers" basically forever.
> Using 10.4.6 I can connect to specific shares using smb://server/share 
> without any problem. It only sits there when I do not specify a share.
> Using the same 10.4.6 machine, I can connect to a machine running 
> Win2003 server just fine using smb://server.
> So basically this problem only exists when I use Tiger to connect to a 
> Samba server.
> Has anyone heard about this? Any ideas?

Fedora Core 4 comes with Samba 3.0.14 (or 14a) if I am not mistaken. 
There was a change in that particular Samba version that created "show 
stopper" issues connecting and authenticating from OS X Tiger versions. 
The issues were resolved with Samba 3.0.20. I suggest that you upgrade 
to Samba 3.0.22 or go backwards to 3.0.13 if you can find an rpm.

Personally, I still find 3.0.13 to be the most stable and trouble-free 
of all of the Samba versions I have used with OS X.

Hope that helps.
Andy Liebman

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