SMBTAR(1)                                                            SMBTAR(1)

       smbtar  - shell script for backing up SMB/CIFS shares  directly to UNIX
       tape drives

       smbtar -s server [ -p password ]  [ -x services ]  [ -X ]  [ -d  direc-
       tory  ]   [ -u user ]  [ -t tape ]  [ -t tape ]  [ -b blocksize ]  [ -N
       filename ]  [ -i ]  [ -r ]  [ -l loglevel ]  [ -v ]  filenames

       This tool is part of the  Samba suite.

       smbtar is a very small shell script on top of smbclient(1) which  dumps
       SMB shares directly to tape.

       -s server
              The SMB/CIFS server that the share resides upon.

       -x service
              The  share  name  on  the  server to connect to.  The default is

       -X     Exclude mode. Exclude filenames... from tar create or restore.

       -d directory
              Change to initial directory before restoring / backing up files.

       -v     Verbose mode.

       -p password
              The password to use to access a share.  Default: none

       -u user
              The user id to connect as. Default: UNIX login name.

       -t tape
              Tape  device. May be regular file or tape device. Default: $TAPE
              environmental variable; if not set, a file called tar.out .

       -b blocksize
              Blocking factor. Defaults to 20. See tar(1) for a fuller  expla-

       -N filename
              Backup  only files newer than filename. Could be used (for exam-
              ple) on a log file to implement incremental backups.

       -i     Incremental mode; tar files are only backed up if they have  the
              archive  bit  set.  The  archive bit is reset after each file is

       -r     Restore. Files are restored to the share from the tar file.

       -l log level
              Log (debug) level. Corresponds to the -d flag of smbclient(1)  .

       The  $TAPE  variable specifies the default tape device to write to. May
       be overridden with the -t option.

       The smbtar script has different  options  from  ordinary  tar  and  tar
       called from smbclient.

       Sites  that  are  more  careful about security may not like the way the
       script handles PC passwords. Backup and restore work on entire  shares,
       should  work  on file lists. smbtar works best with GNU tar and may not
       work well with other versions.

       See the DIAGNOSTICS section for the smbclient(1)

       This man page is correct for version 2.2 of the Samba suite.

       smbd(8) smbclient(1) smb.conf(5)

       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.

       Ricky Poulten <> wrote the  tar  exten-
       sion  and  this  man  page. The smbtar script was heavily rewritten and
       improved by Martin Kraemer <>. Many
       thanks  to  everyone who suggested extensions, improvements, bug fixes,
       etc. The man page sources were converted to YODL format (another excel-
       lent     piece     of    Open    Source    software,    available    at  <URL:>)
       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                      SMBTAR(1)