[Samba] Accumulating smbd processes and sockets in CLOSE_WAIT state

Mike Eggleston mikeegg1 at mac.com
Thu Oct 25 20:02:05 GMT 2007

On Thu, 25 Oct 2007, Christoph Kaegi might have said:

> Hello list
> Our central fileserver is a Samba 3.0.25b on Solaris 9 and has 
> 10'000 users (several hundreds at the same time).
> This week it died on us and when I inspected the machine, it
> was out of 8GB Memory and 16GB Swap because thousands of 
> smbd processes were running.
> netstat -na showed that many hundreds of connections to 
> port 445 were in CLOSE_WAIT state.
> We first thought it could be some sort of DoS Attack, but now I 
> also discovered a lot of the following entries in smbd.log at 
> the times the server became unresponsive:
> ---------------------------- 8< ----------------------------
> [2007/10/25 15:40:30, 0] lib/util_tdb.c:tdb_chainlock_with_timeout_internal(84)
>   tdb_chainlock_with_timeout_internal: alarm (10) timed out for key replay cache mutex in tdb /etc/samba/private/secrets.tdb
> ---------------------------- 8< ----------------------------
> The same thing happened three times now, all of them at a time
> when presumably a peak of users (around 600-900) tried to use
> the server. Every time the number of network connections in
> CLOSE_WAIT state and the number of smbd processes was massively 
> increasing.
> Others seem to have similar problems (like 
> http://marc.info/?l=samba&m=119263114612187&w=2).
> The fileserver has been performing OK now for several months 
> with this Samba Release.
> I'd be grateful if anybody could give me some insight
> about how we can solve this.
> Loosing fileservice for all of staff and students 
> several times a week builds some considerable pressure
> on me...

A recent problem I had of hundreds of smbd processes running
for only 15 users was fixed by adding 'deadtime = 60' to the
global section of /etc/samba/smb.conf.


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