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LMHOSTS(4) File Formats and Conventions LMHOSTS(4)
lmhosts - The Samba NetBIOS hosts file
lmhosts is the samba(7) NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file.
This file is part of the samba(7) suite.
lmhosts is the Samba NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file. It is very similar to the
/etc/hosts file format, except that the hostname component must correspond to the NetBIOS
It is an ASCII file containing one line for NetBIOS name. The two fields on each line are
separated from each other by white space. Any entry beginning with '#' is ignored. Each
line in the lmhosts file contains the following information:
o IP Address - in dotted decimal format.
o NetBIOS Name - This name format is a maximum fifteen character host name, with an
optional trailing '#' character followed by the NetBIOS name type as two hexadecimal
If the trailing '#' is omitted then the given IP address will be returned for all
names that match the given name, whatever the NetBIOS name type in the lookup.
An example follows:
# Sample Samba lmhosts file.
Contains three IP to NetBIOS name mappings. The first and third will be returned for any
queries for the names "TESTPC" and "SAMBASERVER" respectively, whatever the type component
of the NetBIOS name requested.
The second mapping will be returned only when the "0x20" name type for a name "NTSERVER"
is queried. Any other name type will not be resolved.
The default location of the lmhosts file is in the same directory as the smb.conf(4) file.
lmhosts is loaded from the configuration directory. This is usually /etc/samba or
This man page is correct for version 3.0 of the Samba suite.
smbclient(1), smb.conf(4), and smbpasswd(1M)
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/) and updated 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
DocBook XML 4.2 was done by Alexander Bokovoy.
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
|Availability | SUNWsmbar, SUNWsmbau |
|Interface Stability | External |
Source for Samba is available on http://opensolaris.org.
Samba(7) delivers the set of four SMF(5) services as can be seen from the following
$ svcs samba wins winbind swat
STATE STIME FMRI
disabled Apr_21 svc:/network/samba:default
disabled Apr_21 svc:/network/winbind:default
disabled Apr_21 svc:/network/wins:default
disabled Apr_21 svc:/network/swat:default
where the services are:
runs the smbd daemon managing the CIFS sessions
runs the nmbd daemon enabling the browsing (WINS)
runs the winbindd daemon making the domain idmap
Samba Web Administration Tool is a service providing access to browser-based Samba
administration interface and on-line documentation. The service runs on software
loopback network interface on port 901/tcp, i.e. opening "http://localhost:901/" in
browser will access the SWAT service on local machine.
Please note: SWAT uses HTTP Basic Authentication scheme where user name and passwords are
sent over the network in clear text. In the SWAT case the user name is root. Transferring
such sensitive data is advisable only on the software loopback network interface or over
Samba 3.0 01/19/2009 LMHOSTS(4)
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