nmbd fails to start if smb.conf is missing due to testparm failure

Bug #820540 reported by Emmanuel Clerc on 2011-08-03
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samba (Debian)
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samba (Ubuntu)
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Bug Description

While upgrading my release unsing the update manager, I saw some error messages and I was redirected to this tools automtically.

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS
Release: 10.04

ProblemType: Package
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
Package: samba-common 2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-33.71-generic 2.6.32.41+drm33.18
Uname: Linux 2.6.32-33-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Aug 3 21:02:14 2011
ErrorMessage: subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release amd64 (20110211.1)
PackageArchitecture: all
SambaServerRegression: Yes
SourcePackage: samba
Title: package samba-common 2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7 failed to install/upgrade: subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1

Emmanuel Clerc (em-clerc) wrote :
Emmanuel Clerc (em-clerc) wrote :

A few weeks ago, I configured a samba server to get files from a windows platform.

As I don't need it any more, I stopped samba and I renamed the /etc/samba/smb.conf to /etc/samba/smb-localnet.conf

Maybe the package was disturbed by this de-activated configuration...

Ursula Junque (ursinha) wrote :

From log:
Setting up samba-common (2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7) ...
Not replacing deleted config file /etc/samba/smb.conf
Install/upgrade will fail. To recover, please try:
  sudo cp /usr/share/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf
  sudo dpkg --configure -a
dpkg: error processing samba-common (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Setting up libwbclient0 (2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7) ...

Ursula Junque (ursinha) wrote :

Hi Emmanuel!

First of all, thanks for your time reporting this bug.

Have you tried what the error message suggests? That would be:
 $ sudo cp /usr/share/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf
 $ sudo dpkg --configure -a

It seems the error is because the file is missing, as you said before. In this case it would be a local issue, not a package one. Can you confirm that please by trying to run the above commands?

Thanks!

Changed in samba (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
importance: Undecided → Medium
Emmanuel Clerc (em-clerc) wrote :

Hi Ursula,

here is the output of the requested commands.

The configuration seems successful.

$ sudo cp /usr/share/samba/smb.conf /etc/samba/smb.conf
[sudo] password for eclerc:

$ sudo dpkg --configure -a
Setting up samba-common (2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7) ...

Setting up smbclient (2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7) ...
Setting up samba-common-bin (2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7) ...

Setting up samba (2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7) ...
smbd start/running, process 2974
nmbd start/running, process 2983

Changed in samba (Debian):
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Steve Langasek (vorlon) on 2011-08-08
summary: - package samba-common 2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.7 failed to install/upgrade:
- subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status
- 1
+ nmbd fails to start if smb.conf is missing due to testparm failure
Changed in samba (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Triaged
Changed in samba (Debian):
importance: Unknown → Undecided
status: Confirmed → New
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