SAMBA(7)SAMBA(7)NAMEsamba - A Windows SMB/CIFS fileserver for UNIX
The Samba software suite is a collection of programs that implements
the Server Message Block (commonly abbreviated as SMB) protocol for
UNIX systems. This protocol is sometimes also referred to as the Common
Internet File System (CIFS). For a more thorough description, see
http://www.ubiqx.org/cifs/. Samba also implements the NetBIOS protocol
The smbd daemon provides the file and print services to SMB
clients, such as Windows 95/98, Windows NT, Windows for Work‐
groups or LanManager. The configuration file for this daemon is
described in smb.conf(5)nmbd(8)
The nmbd daemon provides NetBIOS nameservice and browsing sup‐
port. The configuration file for this daemon is described in
The smbclient program implements a simple ftp-like client. This
is useful for accessing SMB shares on other compatible servers
(such as Windows NT), and can also be used to allow a UNIX box
to print to a printer attached to any SMB server (such as a PC
running Windows NT).
The testparm utility is a simple syntax checker for Samba's
smb.conf(5) configuration file.
The testprns utility supports testing printer names defined in
your printcap file used by Samba.
The smbstatus tool provides access to information about the cur‐
rent connections to smbd.
The nmblookup tools allows NetBIOS name queries to be made from
a UNIX host.
The smbpasswd command is a tool for changing LanMan and Windows
NT password hashes on Samba and Windows NT servers.
The smbcacls command is a tool to set ACL's on remote CIFS
The smbsh command is a program that allows you to run a unix
shell with with an overloaded VFS.
The smbtree command is a text-based network neighborhood tool.
The smbtar can make backups of data on CIFS/SMB servers.
smbspool is a helper utility for printing on printers connected
to CIFS servers.
smbcontrol is a utility that can change the behaviour of running
rpcclient is a utility that can be used to execute RPC commands
on remote CIFS servers.
The pdbedit command can be used to maintain the local user data‐
base on a samba server.
The findsmb command can be used to find SMB servers on the local
net(8) The net command is supposed to work similar to the DOS/Windows
swat is a web-based interface to configuring smb.conf.
winbindd is a daemon that is used for integrating authentication
and the user database into unix.
wbinfo is a utility that retrieves and stores information relat‐
ed to winbind.
editreg is a command-line utility that can edit windows registry
profiles is a command-line utility that can be used to replace
all occurences of a certain SID with another SID.
log2pcap is a utility for generating pcap trace files from Samba
vfstest is a utility that can be used to test vfs modules.
ntlm_auth is a helper-utility for external programs wanting to
smbmount(8), smbumount(8), smbmnt(8)
smbmount,smbumount and smbmnt are commands that can be used to
mount CIFS/SMB shares on Linux.
smbcquotas is a tool that can set remote QUOTA's on server with
The Samba suite is made up of several components. Each component is de‐
scribed in a separate manual page. It is strongly recommended that you
read the documentation that comes with Samba and the manual pages of
those components that you use. If the manual pages and documents aren't
clear enough then please visithttp://devel.samba.org for information on
how to file a bug report or submit a patch.
If you require help, visit the Samba webpage athttp://www.samba.org/
and explore the many option available to you.
The Samba software suite is licensed under the GNU Public License(GPL).
A copy of that license should have come with the package in the file
COPYING. You are encouraged to distribute copies of the Samba suite,
but please obey the terms of this license.
The latest version of the Samba suite can be obtained via anonymous ftp
from samba.org in the directory pub/samba/. It is also available on
several mirror sites worldwide.
You may also find useful information about Samba on the newsgroup
comp.protocol.smb and the Samba mailing list. Details on how to join
the mailing list are given in the README file that comes with Samba.
If you have access to a WWW viewer (such as Mozilla or Konqueror) then
you will also find lots of useful information, including back issues of
the Samba mailing list, athttp://lists.samba.org.
This man page is correct for version 3.0 of the Samba suite.
If you wish to contribute to the Samba project, then I suggest you join
the Samba mailing list athttp://lists.samba.org.
If you have patches to submit, visithttp://devel.samba.org/ for infor‐
mation on how to do it properly. We prefer patches in diff -u format.
Contributors to the project are now too numerous to mention here but
all deserve the thanks of all Samba users. To see a full list, look at
thechange-log in the source package for the pre-CVS changes and at
http://cvs.samba.org/ for the contributors to Samba post-CVS. CVS is
the Open Source source code control system used by the Samba Team to
develop Samba. The project would have been unmanageable without it.
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 original Samba man pages were written by Karl Auer. The man page
sources were converted to YODL format (another excellent piece of Open
Source software, available at ftp://ftp.icce.rug.nl/pub/unix/) and up‐
dated for the Samba 2.0 release by Jeremy Allison. The conversion to
DocBook for Samba 2.2 was done by Gerald Carter. The conversion to Doc‐
Book XML 4.2 for Samba 3.0 was done by Alexander Bokovoy.