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

Sabuj Pattanayek sabujp at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 00:10:56 MDT 2014

This is how how my layout looks like :

smb.conf :


include /path/to/template_shares.conf
include /path/to/some_other_shares.conf
include /path/to/testing_shares.conf

the [testing] share in testing_shares.conf uses a template from
template_shares.conf with

copy = template_share
path = /some/other/path
admin users = @someADGroup

..so here after adding a group to admin users and reloading it works, but
then when I comment out admin users and reload it doesn't take effect and
that group still has access to the share. At this point I have to restart.

On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 1:06 AM, Sabuj Pattanayek <sabujp at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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