[Samba] Samba kills network.

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Thu Apr 5 22:04:48 GMT 2007

On Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 04:15:33PM -0500, Tom Peters wrote:
> I have this problem all the time. Samba for me will cause the "The 
> specified network name no longer exists" (that's how it's worded for me, 
> not "available") and copy a zero-length file to the destination drive.
> Reads from a Samba share are never any problem for me.
> If you immediately retry the operation, and immediately say "Y" to 
> overwrite it, it will succeed.
> If you do the above for the first in a series of files to be copied to a 
> Samba share, it will copy all the rest of them sucessfully.
> The other thing that gives this error away is the "getpeername 
> failed...  ...transport endpoint not connected. "
> I thought I had this fixed, but after months, it has recurred. The fix I 
> tried was this (in smb.conf):
> smb ports = 139
> The explanation I got was that Windows try to connect to a server over 
> ports 443 and 139 nearly simultaneously, then use whichever one responds 
> first. Samba replies to both, and it might be that Windows has already 
> decided which it's going to use, and interprets the double reply as a 
> failure.
> Use sendfile = no has also been suggested to me.
> Frankly, this is embarrassing, and has kept me from pushing Samba harder. 
> When I ask about it, nobody seems to have a real answer.

Easy enough to fix. Add :

smb ports = 445

to the [global] section of your smb.conf. Pre-Windows 2000 clients
won't be able to connect though.


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