SAMBA - 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), LanManager or NetBIOS protocol.
smbd 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
nmbd The nmbd daemon provides NetBIOS nameserving 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
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 make_smbcodepage utility provides a means of creating SMB
code page definition files for your smbd server.
The smbpasswd command is a tool for changing LanMan and Windows
NT password hashes on Samba and Windows NT servers.
The Samba suite is made up of several components. Each component is
described 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 aren't clear
enough then please send a patch or bug report to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 <URL:news:comp.protocols.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 Netscape or Mosaic) then
you will also find lots of useful information, including back issues of
the Samba mailing list, at http://lists.samba.org
This man page is correct for version 2.2 of the Samba suite.
If you wish to contribute to the Samba project, then I suggest you join
the Samba mailing list at http://lists.samba.org
If you have patches to submit or bugs to report then you may mail them
directly to email@example.com. Note, however, that due to the
enormous popularity of this package the Samba Team may take some time
to respond to mail. 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
<URL:ftp://samba.org/pub/samba/alpha/change-log> for the pre-CVS
changes and at ftp://samba.org/pub/samba/alpha/cvs.log
<URL:ftp://samba.org/pub/samba/alpha/cvs.log> 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 unman-
ageable without it.
In addition, several commercial organizations now help fund the Samba
Team with money and equipment. For details see the Samba Web pages at
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by
Andrew 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/
<URL:ftp://ftp.icce.rug.nl/pub/unix/>) and updated for the Samba 2.0
release by Jeremy Allison. The conversion to DocBook for Samba 2.2 was
done by Gerald Carter
19 November 2002 SAMBA(7)