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Old 05-05-2004, 10:43 AM   #1
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Question NEWBIE: The boot is locked on 'start SMB service'. Please HELP ME!

Hi, i'm a very newbie of Linux but after many years of Administration of Windows based server i'm trying to convert all my network in a Linux System.
I'm started changing the firewall of my network from ISA Server to Shorewall. The Distr is a Mandrake 9.2. The installation and the configuration is been very easy and everithing is went all right but after making an update from mandrakelinux update site, i've rebooted the system and now is locked on starting SMB service. I've try to enter with the boot disc with recue option, and with a console i've try to find the file that manage the start of all the service in Linux but i've not found it. So now the system is running because the shorewall service start before the SMB but the system is locked at that point. I can't make many test because is the only gateway to internet for my Organization and my Chief will kill me if i stop the gateway. Is 6 months that the firewall is up and it don't give me any problem from the first intallation since yesterday wher I've made this fu#@!*king Update. What can i try to do before reinstalling e reconfiguring everything?? Someone can drive me through step by step to recover the system?
Thanks to everyone who can help me.

Old 05-05-2004, 01:40 PM   #2
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You should still be able to log into the box with ssh. Then you can killall -s KILL smbd. That should unlock the machine. Now as for why samba is locking up in the first place, that is probably a Mandrake setup issue.
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the configuration files for each distro are diffrent, but your samba configuration is usually /etc/samba.conf. You can find your main configuration files ( depending on distribution ) in /etc/init.d /etc/rc.d and /etc/runlevels.
For a short but decent explination of run levels ( which is essentially what your asking about ) check out the 'From Power-Up to Bash prompt HOWTO'.

That only solves your immediate problem however. Your main problem, the one thats going to bite you on the ass later, is running samba on a firewall in the first place ;-)


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