LIBSMBCLIENT(8)LIBSMBCLIENT(8)NAMElibsmbclient - An extension library for browsers and that can be used
as a generic browsing API.
This tool is part of the samba(8) suite.
libsmbclient is a library toolset that permits applications to manipu‐
late CIFS/SMB network resources using many of the standards POSIX func‐
tions available for manipulating local UNIX/Linux files. It permits
much more than just browsing, files can be opened and read or written,
permissions changed, file times modified, attributes and ACL's can be
manipulated, and so on. Of course, its functionality includes all the
capabilities commonly called browsing.
libsmbclient can not be used directly from the command line, instead it
provides an extension of the capabilities of tools such as file man‐
agers and browsers. This man page describes the configuration options
for this tool so that the user may obtain greatest utility of use.
What the URLs mean:
smb:// Shows all workgroups or domains that are visible in the network.
The behavior matches that of the Microsoft Windows Explorer.
The method of locating the list of workgroups (domains also)
varies depending on the setting of the context variable (con‐
text->options.browse_max_lmb_count). It is the responsibility of
the application that calls this library to set this to a sensi‐
ble value. This is a compile-time option. This value determines
the maximum number of local master browsers to query for the
list of workgroups. In order to ensure that the list is complete
for those present on the network, all master browsers must be
querried. If there are a large number of workgroups on the net‐
work, the time spent querying will be significant. For small
networks (just a few workgroups), it is suggested to set this
value to 0, instructing libsmbclient to query all local master
browsers. In an environment that has many workgroups a more rea‐
sonable setting may be around 3.
This command causes libsmbclient to perform a name look-up. If
the NAME<1D> or NAME<1B> exists (workgroup name), libsmbclient
will list all servers in the workgroup (or domain). Otherwise, a
name look-up for the NAME<20> (machine name) will be performed,
and the list of shared resources on the server will be dis‐
When libsmbclient is invoked by an application it searches for a direc‐
tory called.smb in the $HOME directory that is specified in the users
shell environment. It then searches for a file called smb.conf which,
if present, will fully over-ride the system /etc/samba/smb.conf file.
If instead libsmbclient finds a file called ~/.smb/smb.conf.append, it
will read the system /etc/samba/smb.conf and then append the contents
of the ~/.smb/smb.conf.append to it.
libsmbclient will check the users shell environment for the USER param‐
eter and will use its value when if the user parameter was not included
in the URL.
Watch this space for future updates.
This man page is correct for version 3.0 of the Samba suite.
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by An‐
drew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open
Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.
The libsmbclient manpage page was written by John H Terpstra.