[Samba] Upgrading from 3.0.37 to 3.5.9

Willy Offermans Willy at Offermans.Rompen.nl
Tue Jul 12 03:07:32 MDT 2011

Hello Ken and Samba Friends,

On Fri, Jul 08, 2011 at 02:30:39PM -0500, Stringer Kenneth M NGA-PRTN USA CTR wrote:
> I am upgrading from 3.0.37 to 3.5.9 on the same server and need some advice.  I am running Solaris 10 on a domain server that services 10 XP and Win 7 clients.  The existing Samba directory structure is not standard.  I believe the engineer who built the Solaris install transferred all Samba 2.0 directories from the old server to the current server and then created additional directories for the install and symbolically  linked some of the old files to the new install.  Anyway, Samba is installed in two different structures on the server:  Samba and /etc/samba...  and /etc/sfw....  We are using the "sfw" directories:
> The smb.conf file in /etc/samba is symbolically  linked to the smb.conf file in /etc/sfw.  So here are my questions:
> 1)      How do I migrate the tdbsam database from 3.0.37 to 3.5.9?
> 2)      Can I use the existing smb.conf file?
> 3)      Can I just backup smb.conf and tdbsam files and reinstall to all the default directories and then copy the backup files to the appropriate Samba directories?
> 4)      What else do I need to migrate?
> I'm sure if I just do a ./configure like the Samba web site says, my whole team will be down until I get it fixed.   There seems to be nothing in the documentation, which is very old, to help w/ this issue.  Any input to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

When I tried to do a similar update I got (probably) stuck within an upgrade
procedure of the tdbsam database. There is a file called
group_mapping.tdb.upgraded although the file group_mapping.tdb is missing.
Samba complains about the missing file and stops working upon smbclien -L
localhost: protocol negotiation failed: NT_STATUS_PIPE_BROKEN.

>From the log.smbd:

[2011/07/12 11:03:16, 0] lib/util_tdb.c:tdb_log(664) tdb(/var/db/samba/group_mapping.tdb): tdb_reopen: open failed (No such file or directory)
[2011/07/12 11:03:16, 0] lib/util.c:reinit_after_fork(3319) tdb_reopen_all failed.
[2011/07/12 11:03:16, 0] smbd/server.c:open_sockets_smbd(570) reinit_after_fork failed.
[2011/07/12 11:03:16, 0] lib/util.c:smb_panic(1633) PANIC (pid 80611): reinit_after_fork failed.
[2011/07/12 11:03:16, 0] lib/util.c:log_stack_trace(1737) BACKTRACE: 4 stack frames: #0 0x122b9fd <smb_panic+93> at /usr/local/sbin/smbd #1 0x12ef709 <main+5945> at /usr/local/sbin/smbd #2 0x104abdb <_start+203> at /usr/local/sbin/smbd #3 0x104ab25 <_start+21> at /usr/local/sbin/smbd
[2011/07/12 11:03:16, 0] lib/fault.c:dump_core(181) dumping core in /var/log/samba/cores/smbd

Basically nobody can work with samba anylonger since then, and I do not
have time to reinstall samba. I already asked for help on this list, but 
without any success so far.

I wonder if you were succesful with the upgrade?

Met vriendelijke groeten,
With kind regards,
Mit freundlichen Gruessen,


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