[Samba] xp/2003 explorer freezes browsing shares on Samba 3.2 ipv6 hosts

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue Jul 15 23:16:02 GMT 2008

On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 10:39:21PM +0200, Pim Zandbergen wrote:
> After upgrading one of our servers from Fedora 7 to Fedora 9,
> from Samba 3.0 to 3.2.0-2.17.fc9 I noticed this strange phenomena:
> Windows 2003 and XP clients freeze when you type
> "\\server" in an explorer address bar where "server" is the
> name of the Samba 3.2 host.
> Windows 2000 clients don't freeze.
> 2003/XP clients don't freeze when you enter "\\server\share"
> They un-freeze if you restart samba, showing all the shares.
> Refreshing freezes them again.
> Here are some details on our network
> - all samba 3.0 and 3.2 hosts are ipv6 capable
> - some Windows clients are ipv6 capable
> - DNS hostnames resolve to both ipv4 and ipv6 addresses
> - NetBIOS over TCP is disabled, nmbd not running
> - all samba servers are ADS clients in a 2003 domain
> Here are some findings:
> - it does not matter whether clients are ipv6 capable or not
> - removing AAAA records for samba hosts does not help
> - re-enabling NetBIOS over TCP does not help
> - disabling ipv6 on the samba host does fix the problem
> Disabling ipv6 on the host was not easy. I had to
> prevent the ipv6 module from being loaded.
> Has anyone else seen this behaviour?

No, IPv6 was tested by Dr. David Holder on Windows
platforms vs. Samba on Linux and FreeBSD. Not sure
what distro's though.

Can you get a debug level 10 log from smbd on
the server when IPv6 is enabled against a client
that freezes. Also an IPv6 network capture would



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