[Samba] spawning smbd's

Jim Ballantine j.ballantine at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 11:16:56 UTC 2016

We are running a Red Hat Linux 6 system with samba 3.6.23 installed, and
configured as a stand alone
server.  A couple of users are either spawning excessive numbers of smbd,
or failing to kill them
off.  A couple of us have spent several days trying to determine the
reason, but as of now have
not found the reason.

The top of the smb.conf is:

#======================= Global Settings


#       workgroup = METRO

#       interfaces= lo eth0
#       bind interfaces only = Yes

# --------------------------- Logging Options -----------------------------
        log file = /var/log/samba/samba.log
        max log size = 500

# ----------------------- Standalone Server Options
        security = USER
        passdb backend = tdbsam
        admin users = jwb rheyer
        server signing = auto

#----------------------------- Name Resolution
# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
# - WINS Support: Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS
# - WINS Server: Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
# - WINS Proxy: Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
#   behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
#   at least one        WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups.

        #dns proxy = yes

#============================ Share Definitions

        comment = Home Directories
        path = /eros10/home1/%u
        admin users =
        writable = yes
        read only = no
        follow symlinks = No
        comment = USERS Directories
        path = */cds/users/*%u
        admin users =
        read only = No
        follow symlinks = No

followed by similar other share definitions.

Does anyone have any ideas on why the daemon is either spawning or failing
to get killed?

Thanks in advance

Jim Ballantine

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