[Samba] When to restart samba

Ryan Novosielski novosirj at umdnj.edu
Tue Sep 2 02:14:59 GMT 2008

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John H Terpstra wrote:
> On Friday 29 August 2008 09:30:05 Andrew Masterson wrote:
>> If I understand correctly, in order to have the smb.conf file applied
>> you need to restart smbd.
>> Is "service smbd reload" sufficient (which does a "killproc smbd -HUP")?
>> Will this kill any active connections to samba resources causing user
>> disruption?  Or is this a seamless process that can be carried out
>> midday?
>> I ask because if I need to kill all user connections to production
>> shares in order to test different share parameters that changes my
>> approach.
> If you make changes to the [global] stanza in smb.conf you need to restart 
> Samba's smbd and nmbd daemons.

I know you wrote a lot of the book on Samba, so I suspect you know what
you're talking about, but it seems like I've often made changes to Samba
having just done a kill -1 on the primary smbd process and things worked
out just fine. Maybe there is a gray area here?

> Changes to the share stanzas in smb.conf generally do not require a restart of 
> smbd. Smbd monitors the smb.conf file for changes.
> Existing connections will not see the changes made, so clients that have an 
> existing connection should log off and logon again.

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