Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 172753
Samba connection drops (I/O Error), does not automatically reconnect.
Last modified: 2015-01-04 17:22:56 EST
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Description of problem:
I am mounting a samba share from a Windows XP machine (by entering the smbfs in /etc/fstab). Mounting on boot (of the FC3 box) works fine, but if the Windows XP box is rebooted or goes down after that I receive an I/O error and the connection is not automatically restored. Rather, I have to do an smbumount then mount -a to restore the connection - then it works fine (until I reboot the Windows box again).
Is there a fix for this?
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.As described above.
SMBFS is not Samba. Smbfs is part of the Linux kernel. I'm redirecting this
to the correct maintainers.
In the mean time, does it work better if you use the cifs kernel module
instead of smbfs? Just changing "smbfs" to "cifs" in your /etc/fstab might do
it, although you should look at "man mount.cifs" and adjust your mount options
CIFS works great, SMBFS does not. I am up and running now, but I think it would
still be worth fixing SMBFS.
probably isn't going to happen in fc3 due to it reaching end of life in just a
few weeks. It's possible it's already fixed upstream, in which case fc4 will
have it fixed.
If it's not fixed upstream however, this is a bit awkward, as smbfs is
unmaintained upstream these days, (which is one of the reasons CIFS is gaining
In some future release, once the CIFS bugs are worked out, I'd like to be in a
position where we can drop SMBFS completely.
As CIFS works for you in FC3 I'm going to close this bug.
(Bugzilla lacks a ->WORKAROUND resolution, so I'll use 'WORKSFORME' as it's the
closest it has).