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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    samba problems with unprivileged windows users

    Dear all!

    Since long I am experiencing strange samba problems:.

    I have#
    * an ubuntu 8.04 server with samba 3.0.28.a and kernel 2.6.24-23-server acting purely as a smb server
    * Windows XP SP3 clients with built in SMB client, unprivileged users only.

    The problem i experience is:
    When browsing the network shares - holding e.g. hundreds of photos - in thumbnail preview mode a lot of data is transferred during browsing. When browsing as an unprivileged windows user "user", every once in a while, windows explorer hangs. The sort of hang that only the reset button can resolve. In taskmanager, network transfer drops to zero. Active applications (Firefox) continue to work fine, just everything associated with windows explorer (log out, browse folders...) is impossible. The task is unresponsive and can not be killed with the taskmanager. Just reset helps. When browsing the same shares with a windows-user with administrative rights I do not observe those problems (by chance only?!). It does not matter if I start explorer-windows in a separate job or not.

    On Ubuntu the smb logfile in /var/log/samba just shows that the client disconnected at the same instance that the explorer hang occurs. No error message whatsoever.

    Anybody any idea of what is going on here?

    my /etc/samba/smb.conf is (I exlcuded all lines commented out!)
    workgroup = HOME_NETWORK
    server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
    dns proxy = no
    log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
    syslog = 0
    panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
    security = user
    encrypt passwords = true
    passdb backend = tdbsam
    obey pam restrictions = yes
    invalid users = root
    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
    passwd chat = *Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
    create mask = 0664
    directory mask = 0775

    comment = Servers photos NAS
    browseable = yes
    writable = yes
    locking = no
    path = /NAS/share-photos
    public = no
    valid users = @share
    force group = share

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Nashua, NH, USA
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: samba problems with unprivileged windows users

    I have seen this same error with folders containing videos, it's likely worse in fact because it has to get the first frame to generate a thumbnail.

    I never did find a resolution, I just stopped putting all my videos in the same folder and started browsing in "Detail" view, to avoid thumbnails loading.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006

    Re: samba problems with unprivileged windows users

    Dear All!

    I filed a bug report at (

    With the help of the samb team (many thanks indeed to Volker!) I was able to analyse wireshark sniffs of the network traffic at the server. Volker suspected a network problem, as there were "lost segments".

    As it was a client hang rather than a server hang, I replaced the NForce3 on-board ehternet card of the client with a Netgear 311A PCI Ethernet card and for some time the issues have not reappeared. I was able to transfer files reliably like never before.

    So, unless further hangs occur, I think it was a network hardware bug, no samba bug.

    Thanks for help,

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