Bug 34884 - Installing Samba from RPM does not provide service
Installing Samba from RPM does not provide service
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: samba (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-04-05 10:44 EDT by John Byrd
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:32 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-04-05 10:44:23 EDT
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Description John Byrd 2001-04-05 10:44:20 EDT
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After installing the Samba RPMs, Redhat fails to run silently as either a 
Samba server or client.  

Reproducible: Didn't try
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Redhat 7.0 without Samba support
2. Use GnoRPM to install samba and samba-common RPMs


Actual Results:  3. Samba does not start on reboot
4. The new Samba Configuration icon in Gnome gives a 404 error in any 

Expected Results:  Documentation on the Web site or in the RPM should 
indicate how to proceed with configuring this Samba install.  
Additionally, the RPM should have taken care of most of the steps listed 
in Additional Information.

The packaging of the Samba RPM breaks a number of things in the standard 
documentation for installing Samba, and so a Redhat FAQ is probably 
appropriate here.

If you fail to install Samba during the original install, and then later 
attempt to install it from the RPMs, several highly non-obvious 
intermediate steps are required to get Samba to begin to function properly.

1. Install xinetd.  (Xinetd should be a dependency of the Samba RPM but 
2. Configure xinetd to start at boot time.  (Merely installing the xinetd 
RPM, for some reason, does not configure /etc/rcX.d correctly.)
3. Install samba and samba-common RPMs.
4. If you intend to use swat for configuration of Samba (and everybody 
does), edit /etc/xinetd.d/swat and comment out the "disable = no" flag.
5. Start xinetd:  /etc/rc.d/xinetd restart
6. Start samba:  /etc/rc.d/smb restart
7. Point a Web browser to http://localhost:901 to configure Samba.

Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2001-04-05 10:51:04 EDT
You can set up all of xinetd, samba, & swat to run at boottime with
ntsysv. It's the standard Red Hat way of enabling services.

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