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lmhosts - The Samba NetBIOS hosts file
lmhosts is the Samba NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file.
This file is part of the Samba 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(5)>
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 LMHOSTS(5)
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