[Samba] smbcontrol smbd reload-config or service smbd reload doesn't reload include files

Sabuj Pattanayek sabujp at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 00:06:51 MDT 2014

I'm using 4.1.5, but the reload seems to be very inconsistent. Initially it
looks like the problem was that I had defunct security mask parameters in
include files above the one I was changing which was somehow throwing an
"admin users = " parameter in an include file farther down in the main
smb.conf file. In the log file it said it was reading the section I was
modifying in the include file, but if I updated the "admin users = "
parameter for that share it wouldn't take unless I restarted smbd . After I
got rid of the defunct security mask parameters the reload on the updated
admin users = parameter seems to sort of work. What I mean is that if I add
a group to the admin users parameter and then do a reload (or a few reloads
for good measure) I can then connect because of the add group in admin
users. However, if I comment the parameter out and reload several times I
can still connect to the share even after multiple disconnects and
reconnects. The only thing that seems to "remove" the authentication
information is a full restart of smb, then I can longer connect to the
share as was behavior I was looking for.

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 3:03 PM, Marc Muehlfeld <samba at marc-muehlfeld.de>wrote:

> Hello Sabuj
> Am 13.03.2014 20:46, schrieb Sabuj Pattanayek:
>  I noticed that smbcontrol smbd reload-config or service smbd reload
>> doesn't
>> reload include files. Is there anyway to get a reload to reload files that
>> have been included from the main smb.conf ? Otherwise it only looks like
>> restart works, but that causes connections to reset, even in a
>> ctdb/clustered environment . The only other option it looks like is to
>> just
>> put everything into the smb.conf file ?
> I use include files for printer and shares in production (3.6.23 and
> 4.1.6) and always do a "smbcontrol all reload-config", what works.
> I quickly did a test here on my testsystem (4.1.5) and renamed a printer,
> that is in a separate file which is included in smb.conf. Works.
> Which version do you use?
> Increase the loglevel to at least 4, then do a
> # smbcontrol all reload-config
> and search your logs for "include". You should see the included files:
> # fgrep include /var/log/samba/*
>  doing parameter include = /etc/samba/shares.conf
>  doing parameter include = /etc/samba/printers.conf
> nmbd.log:  doing parameter include = /etc/samba/shares.conf
> smbd.log:  doing parameter include = /etc/samba/shares.conf
> smbd.log:  doing parameter include = /etc/samba/printers.conf
> winbindd.log:  doing parameter include = /etc/samba/shares.conf
> Regards,
> Marc

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