[Samba] smbd cannot be killed

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Fri Mar 20 06:29:40 GMT 2009

On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 04:58:13PM -0600, Sergey Manucharian wrote:
> I run a server with Archlinux and Samba 3.2.5 as PDC for ~30
> Windows workstations. I have a share containing a CRM-like system with
> whole bunch of DB files and Windows executables (GoldMine). People run
> the executables remotely from that share, and regularly it works
> properly. But once in a week it stops working - the DB program cannot
> access some files in the share, and also I cannot restart the Samba -
> several instances of smbd continue running and even "kill -9 smbd"
> doesn't help. After I restart the system in such cases everything
> starts working properly.

If kill -9 does not help, you have a kernel problem. There
have been kernels with broken inotify that leads to runaway
smbd processes chewing CPU. You might want to try

notify:inotify = false

or upgrade your kernel.

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