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libsmbclient - An extension library for browsers and that can be used as a generic
Browser URL:.PP smb://[[[domain:]user[:password@]]server[/share[/path[/file]]]] [?options]
This tool is part of the samba(7) suite.
libsmbclient is a library toolset that permits applications to manipulate CIFS/SMB network
resources using many of the standards POSIX functions 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 managers 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:
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 (context->options.browse_max_lmb_count). It is the
responsibility of the application that calls this library to set this to a sensible
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 network, 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 reasonable setting may be
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 displayed.
When libsmbclient is invoked by an application it searches for a directory 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 parameter 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 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 libsmbclient manpage page was written by John H Terpstra.
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
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