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testparm - check an smb.conf configuration file for internal correctness
testparm [ -s ] [ -h ] [ -x ] [ -L <servername> ] config filename [ hostname hostIP ]
This tool is part of the Samba suite.
testparm is a very simple test program to check an smbd configuration file for internal
correctness. If this program reports no problems, you can use the configuration file with
confidence that smbd will successfully load the configuration file.
Note that this is NOT a guarantee that the services specified in the configuration file
will be available or will operate as expected.
If the optional host name and host IP address are specified on the command line, this test
program will run through the service entries reporting whether the specified host has
access to each service.
If testparm finds an error in the smb.conf file it returns an exit code of 1 to the call-
ing program, else it returns an exit code of 0. This allows shell scripts to test the out-
put from testparm.
-s Without this option, testparm will prompt for a carriage return after printing the
service names and before dumping the service definitions.
-h Print usage message
-x Print only parameters that have non-default values
Sets the value of the %L macro to servername. This is useful for testing include
files specified with the %L macro.
This is the name of the configuration file to check. If this parameter is not
present then the default smb.conf file will be checked.
If this parameter and the following are specified, then testparm will examine the
hosts allow and hosts deny parameters in the smb.conf file to determine if the
hostname with this IP address would be allowed access to the smbd server. If this
parameter is supplied, the hostIP parameter must also be supplied.
hostIP This is the IP address of the host specified in the previous parameter. This
address must be supplied if the hostname parameter is supplied.
This is usually the name of the configuration file used by smbd.
The program will issue a message saying whether the configuration file loaded OK or not.
This message may be preceded by errors and warnings if the file did not load. If the file
was loaded OK, the program then dumps all known service details to stdout.
This man page is correct for version 2.2 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 original Samba man pages were written by Karl Auer. The man page sources were con-
verted 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
19 November 2002 TESTPARM(1)
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