[Samba] Problem After Upgrade - NT_STATUS_FILE_IS_A_DIRECTORY

tms3 at tms3.com tms3 at tms3.com
Wed Jul 7 11:01:32 MDT 2010

> I'm running Samba 3.4.7 on Ubuntu 10.04. This is a recent upgrade and 
> we've starting experience a sporadic problem after this upgrade.
> When users are browsing through Windows Explorer they sometimes run 
> across folders that appear as unassociated files. This requires the 
> user to click the 'Refresh' button in Windows Explorer to properly see 
> the folders. The files and folders are hosted on our Ubuntu server and 
> shared with Samba and accessed on the Windows clients through various 
> mapped network drives.
> The files on the Ubuntu server shared through Samba are actually 
> MOUNTED onto the Ubuntu server from a Windows XP "server" that is 
> hosting the files locally.
This is truly a bad idea.  That XP share should be mounted by the 
workstations just like the server shares.  Move the data to the 
server, or use the XP box as a server to directly serve those who need 
the data on it.



> These mounted files and folders are what is giving the users trouble 
> in seeing folders correctly. We have other files hosted locally on the 
> Ubuntu server and shared through Samba, but these are NOT giving us 
> problems when browsing them through Windows Explorer. The only files 
> that are giving us this problem are the mounted files.
> I've noticed that every time I come across a list of folders in 
> Windows Explorers that look like unassociated files, I get the 
> following error messages in /var/log/samba/log.smbd :
> ---
>    error packet at smbd/nttrans.c(563) cmd=162 (SMBntcreateX) 
> [2010/07/06 15:56:24,  3] smbd/process.c:1459(process_smb)
> [2010/07/06 15:56:24,  3] smbd/error.c:60(error_packet_set)
>    error packet at smbd/nttrans.c(563) cmd=162 (SMBntcreateX) 
> ---
> The mounting of the files is done through /etc/fstab with CIFS as the 
> mount type.
> The only solution I can think of would be to move the mounted files to 
> the Ubuntu server so they are hosted locally. Like I said, we are 
> already doing this with some directories, and we are not experiencing 
> a problem browsing through those.
> If anyone has any ideas I would be glad to know. Thanks.
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