>Reporting Bugs

Reporting Bugs


The email address for bug reports is samba@samba.org

Please take the time to read this file before you submit a bug report. Also, please see if it has changed between releases, as we may be changing the bug reporting mechanism at some time.

Please also do as much as you can yourself to help track down the bug. Samba is maintained by a dedicated group of people who volunteer their time, skills and efforts. We receive far more mail about it than we can possibly answer, so you have a much higher chance of an answer and a fix if you send us a "developer friendly" bug report that lets us fix it fast.

Do not assume that if you post the bug to the comp.protocols.smb newsgroup or the mailing list that we will read it. If you suspect that your problem is not a bug but a configuration problem then it is better to send it to the Samba mailing list, as there are (at last count) 5000 other users on that list that may be able to help you.

You may also like to look though the recent mailing list archives, which are conveniently accessible on the Samba web pages at http://samba.org/samba/

General info

Before submitting a bug report check your config for silly errors. Look in your log files for obvious messages that tell you that you've misconfigured something and run testparm to test your config file for correct syntax.

Have you run through the diagnosis? This is very important.

If you include part of a log file with your bug report then be sure to annotate it with exactly what you were doing on the client at the time, and exactly what the results were.

Debug levels

If the bug has anything to do with Samba behaving incorrectly as a server (like refusing to open a file) then the log files will probably be very useful. Depending on the problem a log level of between 3 and 10 showing the problem may be appropriate. A higher level givesmore detail, but may use too much disk space.

To set the debug level use log level = in your smb.conf. You may also find it useful to set the log level higher for just one machine and keep separate logs for each machine. To do this use:

log level = 10
log file = /usr/local/samba/lib/log.%m
include = /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf.%m

then create a file /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf.machine where "machine" is the name of the client you wish to debug. In that file put any smb.conf commands you want, for example log level= may be useful. This also allows you to experiment with different security systems, protocol levels etc on just one machine.

The smb.conf entry log level = is synonymous with the entry debuglevel = that has been used in older versions of Samba and is being retained for backwards compatibility of smb.conf files.

As the log level = value is increased you will record a significantly increasing level of debugging information. For most debugging operations you may not need a setting higher than 3. Nearly all bugs can be tracked at a setting of 10, but be prepared for a VERY large volume of log data.

Internal errors

If you get a "INTERNAL ERROR" message in your log files it means that Samba got an unexpected signal while running. It is probably a segmentation fault and almost certainly means a bug in Samba (unless you have faulty hardware or system software)

If the message came from smbd then it will probably be accompanied by a message which details the last SMB message received by smbd. This info is often very useful in tracking down the problem so please include it in your bug report.

You should also detail how to reproduce the problem, if possible. Please make this reasonably detailed.

You may also find that a core file appeared in a "corefiles" subdirectory of the directory where you keep your samba log files. This file is the most useful tool for tracking down the bug. To use it you do this:

gdb smbd core

adding appropriate paths to smbd and core so gdb can find them. If you don't have gdb then try "dbx". Then within the debugger use the command "where" to give a stack trace of where the problem occurred. Include this in your mail.

If you known any assembly language then do a "disass" of the routine where the problem occurred (if its in a library routine then disassemble the routine that called it) and try to work out exactly where the problem is by looking at the surrounding code. Even if you don't know assembly then incuding this info in the bug report can be useful.

Attaching to a running process

Unfortunately some unixes (in particular some recent linux kernels) refuse to dump a core file if the task has changed uid (which smbd does often). To debug with this sort of system you could try to attach to the running process using "gdb smbd PID" where you get PID from smbstatus. Then use "c" to continue and try to cause the core dump using the client. The debugger should catch the fault and tell you where it occurred.


The best sort of bug report is one that includes a fix! If you send us patches please use diff -u format if your version of diff supports it, otherwise use diff -c4. Make sure your do the diff against a clean version of the source and let me know exactly what version you used.