[Samba] HP Toolbox kills Samba
jra at samba.org
Tue Oct 3 22:53:24 GMT 2006
On Mon, Oct 02, 2006 at 10:49:37PM -0400, John Smith wrote:
> I've encountered the following problem at a client. The problem results
> in one or more of the smbd processing continuously grabbing more and more
> memory until the system runs out of memory or just becomes unusable due to a
> low memory condition. This error is extremely serious as the entire server
> is eventually brought down by one error.
> After debugging this error at the site several times I have successfully
> narrowed down the cause of this error to HP's toolbox. HP's toolbox is a
> background process their full driver package runs for their multifunctional
> scanner/fax/printers 3015, 3050, and others. Funny enough these printers
> are all local and should not have affected Samba but apparently their
> toolbox is doing some kind of checking on the server. The runaway smbd
> processes were all connected to machines running the HP toolbox.
> Initially I encountered this error on systems using the 3015 printer.
> At the time the resolution I found was to make sure to have a matching user
> on the server so the machine did not connect as guest. This pretty much
> took care of the problem at the time. This first problem also took about a
> day or so before the machine managed to bog down the server to an unusable
This could be related to a Windows bug where a client will continuously
loop polling the printer - I recall there is a hotfix for this ? (Can't
remember the bugid, sorry). I'm not aware of any memory leaks in smbd
in this area though. Jerry might recollect better.
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