[Samba] Drag and Drop and Crash

Jim Summers jsummers at cs.ou.edu
Thu Apr 12 14:46:19 GMT 2007

This is becoming an interesting problem.  The user of the affected machine I 
was dealing with was in dire need of it working.  I ended up using the repair 
option from the install cd and when that finished and the user logged in 
everything worked.  So at this point I am unsure as to what the cause is.  We 
also are running the dreaded Symantec AV.  If I get another machine that this 
pops up on then hopefully I can have the time to try and isolate the cause.

Thanks again for the info.


Thomas McNeely wrote:
> Hi Jim,
> The Samba listserv rejected this post, so I’m sending it to you 
> directly. Feel free to try posting it to the listserv if you like, as 
> you did for Rhiannon.
> -----
> We also have this problem. We are using Samba 3.0.23d and 3.0.24, both 
> installed from source code (as opposed to the packages that come with 
> the operating system), running on Slackware Linux 10.2 and 9.1, 
> respectively. The problem first appeared for us on April 5th. Our 
> servers had been running fine with no changes since Christmas when the 
> problem first appeared.
> The problem manifests as a sudden workstation reboot (without proper 
> shutdown) when users do most any kind of write operation to a Samba 
> share – copying, renaming, or saving files. The affected workstations do 
> not have a problem performing these operations on Microsoft servers – 
> just Samba. Elsewhere on our campus is a Solaris server (unknown 
> version) running an unknown version of Samba that does not have this 
> problem. I’ll try to get more info about this.
> There is considerable variation among the workstations exhibiting the 
> problem – different generations of hardware, some are domain members and 
> others not, some are logged into Novell and other not. At this point I 
> think all the affected workstations run the Novell Client, but that 
> thought just now came to me and I haven’t experimented with it yet. All 
> affected workstations have been running Windows XP with SP2.
> We have definitely determined that a key cause of this problem is 
> Symantec AntiVirus. We can induce and cure the problem at will by 
> installing or removing Symantec, and we’ve done so many times now. I 
> don’t have the version info available right now; I’ll try to get it soon.
> Although the timing with regard to MS patch KB925902 is extremely 
> suspicious, we haven’t been able to experimentally establish any 
> correlation with that patch. We haven’t ruled out that it could be a 
> contributing factor though.
> Tom McNeely
> Western Washington University Libraries

Jim Summers
School of Computer Science-University of Oklahoma

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