[Samba] Samba Won't start after upgrading Operating system

Robert Steinmetz rob at steinmetznet.com
Sun Feb 24 06:53:52 UTC 2019

Thanks for the response. I think  found and fixed the problem, but I 
need to do some more testing tomorrow. It seems that the
"handle_name_resolve_order: WARNING: Ignoring invalid list value 
'hosts'  for parameter 'name resolve order'"
is not really a warning and it causes testparm to stop processing the 
smb.conf. I think that is also what caused the daemons to fail.

As soon as I changed that everything started working.

I hope someone with more knowledge of samba looks into it to confirm 
that was what was really happening. If so the error message at least 
needs to be changed.

testparm then generated warning something like "login server=ipaddress" 
should not be used with "security=domain", but the man pages say while 
its it's not necessary, it can be used to point at a specific login 
server. In my case I only have one login server so it shouldn't cause 
any problems. I can see how it could mess up an AD domain with multiple 

On 2/23/19 11:05 PM, Gregory Sloop wrote:
> Re: [Samba] Samba Won't start after upgrading Operating system Top 
> posting...
> While I don't really see any details that indicate this is the 
> problem, systemd-resolved causes the packaged 18.04 samba to fail to 
> start [at least in a full AD setup.]
> That's because system has a full DNS resolver, and Samba also has it's 
> own DNS resolver. When they both try to start on the same port, the 
> first running wins [systemd] and Samba exits.
> Since you're running in NT not AD mode, it's possible that's different.
> Here's how I handle systemd-resolved in my AD servers
> ---
> systemctl mask systemd-resolved.service
> systemctl stop systemd-resolved.service
> Remove the linked file
> [it's a link to: ../run/systemd/resolve/stub-resolv.conf
> # rm /etc/resolv.conf
> # nano /etc/resolv.conf
> [Edit your resolv.conf as appropriate - in AD servers, pointing at itself.
> nameserver
> And in the Samba config - setup the forwarder to point to another DNS 
> server that will handle records outside the AD domain.
> [You won't have *ANY* DNS until Samba starts properly. If you need DNS 
> for more setup, change the resolv.conf to point at something 
> additionally/other than - until you have Samba up properly, 
> then return to just]
> ---
> Now, as noted, this is for an AD setup - which I have no familiarity 
> with, in regards to current Samba, so the above might not apply.
> But it's worth a try - easy to roll-back if it doesn't fix anything etc.
> -Greg
> *RSvs> I ungraded my Linux Operating system from Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to 
> 8.04 LTS
> RSvs> Samba will not start after an upgrade to 18.04. My samba is 
> running as
> RSvs> an NT style member server server with smbd nmbd and winbindd all
> RSvs> running. None of them will start.
> RSvs> It worked this morning.
> RSvs> This morning it was running Version 4.3.11-Ubuntu
> RSvs> This afternoon after the upgrade it's Version 4.7.6-Ubuntu
> RSvs> The logs in /var/spool/samba are empty.
> RSvs> root at louise:/var/log/samba# systemctl start smbd
> RSvs> Job for smbd.service failed because the control process exited with
> RSvs> error code.
> RSvs> See "systemctl status smbd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for 
> details.
> RSvs> root at louise:/var/log/samba# systemctl status smbd
> RSvs>   smbd.service - Samba SMB Daemon
> RSvs>     Loaded: loaded (/lib/systemd/system/smbd.service; enabled; 
> vendor
> RSvs> preset: ena
> RSvs>     Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Sat 2019-02-23 
> 18:01:35
> RSvs> EST; 20s ago
> RSvs>       Docs: man:smbd(8)
> RSvs>             man:samba(7)
> RSvs>             man:smb.conf(5)
> RSvs>    Process: 4594 ExecStart=/usr/sbin/smbd --foreground
> RSvs> --no-process-group $SMBDOP
> RSvs>   Main PID: 4594 (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)
> RSvs> Feb 23 18:01:35 louise systemd[1]: Starting Samba SMB Daemon...
> RSvs> Feb 23 18:01:35 louise systemd[1]: smbd.service: Main process 
> exited,
> RSvs> code=exite
> RSvs> Feb 23 18:01:35 louise systemd[1]: smbd.service: Failed with result
> RSvs> 'exit-code'.
> RSvs> Feb 23 18:01:35 louise systemd[1]: Failed to start Samba SMB Daemon.
> RSvs> lines 1-13/13 (END)
> RSvs> The information on all three processes is virtually identical.
> RSvs> testparm gives a few warnings but it's been doing that for a 
> while with
> RSvs> no apparent problem See below.
> RSvs> root at louise:/var/log/samba# testparm
> RSvs> Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
> RSvs> rlimit_max: increasing rlimit_max (1024) to minimum Windows 
> limit (16384)
> RSvs> WARNING: The "idmap uid" option is deprecated
> RSvs> WARNING: The "idmap gid" option is deprecated
> RSvs> handle_name_resolve_order: WARNING: Ignoring invalid list value 
> 'hosts'
> RSvs> for parameter 'name resolve order'
> RSvs> Error loading services.
> RSvs> I've found a number of posts with similar problems but none seem
> RSvs> directly on point.
> * 

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