Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 6121
Samba shares nonfunctional in 6.1?
Last modified: 2015-01-07 18:38:54 EST
It seems more likely that I am a bozo, however Samba shares
appear to fail in my new RedHat 6.1 install. The machine
does not appear in the browse list for the workgroup on
local windows machines...however it *can* act as the master
browser! Thus samba can play nice to some degree, but for
some reason isn't announcing itself as having available
I'll admit that I am no samba expert, however this has
stumped me and friends with more samba experience for
Could you please verify that samba is in fact functional in
6.1? If it is I can send further details, or just go bang my
head against a wall until something new occurs to me. :-)
Do you have 'remote announce' set in /etc/smb.conf,
as well as having shares marked as 'browseable'?
Those shouldn't be necessary, but I have tried adding both
"browseable = yes" and "remote announce = 22.214.171.124" (our network
broadcast address) to no avail. The machine's name is sound-and-fury,
with a CNAME of music, and it's netbios name is set to 'music'. The
nmbd dump when it is acting as a master browser:
dump workgroup on subnet 127.0.0.1: netmask= 255.0.0.0:
FLAME(1) current master browser = MUSIC
MUSIC 40049a03 (Samba 2.0.5a)
CINDERS 40059203 ()
FLAMETONGUE 40039003 ()
Relevant bits of smb.conf:
workgroup = FLAME
browseable = yes
remote announce = 126.96.36.199
netbios name = MUSIC
; let's try being master browser
os level = 33
comment = Music archive
path = /music
guest ok = yes
printable = no
We don't have any SMB network filters in place, so you're welcome
to try to access the machine...it's name is sound-and-fury.grey17.org,
Can you mount the share directly from the windows, without going
through the browser?
Also, do you have a) a valid guest account (if not specified, it
should be 'nobody' on the Linux box), and b) a WINS server?
Also, I could have sworn that 4.255.0.x isn't a valid IP address.
Curiously, I've heard that from others in the past...what reason do
you have to think that 4.255.0.x would not be valid? I've found that
the 255 and the 0 both confuse people who aren't used to seeing those
numbers in IP addresses. Rest assured, it is valid, you're welcome to
try to ping or otherwise inspect any of my machines (but alas they're
not exporting much interesting.)
As for the other questions:
The guest account is not set and thus should default to nobody. This
is a fresh 6.1 install and su'ing to nobody, I can read the files in
the shared directory. I've also tried explicitly setting the guest
user to 'nobody'; this didn't help.
We do not have a WINS server.
earlier I would have said that i couldn't mount at all from a windows
machine, but now I am trying from work and seeing an odd response. Is
there something special I need to do to tell windows to try to mount a
share as guest? Right now, when I:
net use \\sound-and-fury.grey17.org\music /USER:guest
The password is invalid for \\sound-and-fury.grey17.org\music.
Type the password for \\sound-and-fury.grey17.org\music:
System error 86 has occured.
The specified network password is not correct.
And in my smb log:
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 3] smbd/reply.c:reply_sesssetup_and_X(721)
Domain=[AI.MIT.EDU] NativeOS=[Windows NT 1381] NativeLanMan=
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 3] smbd/reply.c:reply_sesssetup_and_X(725)
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 3] smbd/error.c:error_packet(138)
error packet at line 840 cmd=115 (SMBsesssetupX) eclass=2 ecode=2
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 3] smbd/error.c:error_packet(143)
error string = No such file or directory
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 3] smbd/process.c:timeout_processing(828)
end of file from client
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 2] smbd/server.c:exit_server(406)
[1999/10/20 13:52:01, 3] smbd/server.c:exit_server(433)
Server exit (normal exit)
Oddly, if I try to do a:
net use \\music.grey17.org\music
System error 53 has occured.
The network path was not found.
Aha. I've found that I can access the share from smbclient if I do:
smbclient '\\MUSIC.GREY17.ORG\MUSIC' -U ''
And it will use the guest account and access the share. Am I
misunderstanding how samba shares are supposed to work? All i want is
a publicly readable share that anyone can access. I can't seem to find
a way to let Windows see this.
If you're connecting from NT or 98 for a named account, you
have to make sure that you have the correct settings for
Are the Windows machines you're trying to use using wins
------- Additional Comments From 10/23/99 17:41 -------
I've solved the problem. Half of the problem was a change in the
default Samba config between versions, and half was a rather serious
bug in the 6.1 installer, I think.
The easy one first: The reason that I couldn't attach shares as guest
was because I had 'security = user'. For anonymous shares, I need
'security = share'. At some point, the default Samba config changed
from share to user. 'user' security is probably more useful to the
majority of Samba users anyway.
Now, the RedHat bug. The reason that the Samba server could not
properly participate in the browse list was because the 6.1 installer
creates an incorrect /etc/hosts:
127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
This is wrong in at least two ways. The Samba server resolves its
FQDN to 127.0.0.1 and reports to the browse list that it can be
reached at that address, which is of course wrong. A proper /etc/hosts
solves this problem:
188.8.131.52 sound-and-fury.grey17.org sound-and-fury music
Could you please find out why the 6.1 install process creates this
Thanks for your help in debugging this!
FYI, Bug #5967 is a duplicate of the second bug.
If you have security level set to user there are some special things
that need to be done for access to guest shares. This is because
with user security mode, the client needs to authenticate before
telling the server what share it is requesting. Because of this
even though the share is a guest share the person connecting still
needs to know a valid login and password. To get around this set
map to guest to either Bad password of Bad username, check the
smb.conf manpage to figure out which is best for your situation.
As far as browsing is concerened try setting local master to yes
as the windows NMB implementation is too braindead to be the LMB.
This is a known bug that we are working on at the moment. The reason for the
/etc/hosts in the format that you see it is because of laptop users who need to
be able to resolve a hostname after removing their NIC, or leaving the network.
We are trying to determine the best way to handle the various situations.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 8385 ***