samba - A Windows SMB/CIFS fileserver for UNIX

collection of programs that implements the Server Message Block (commonly abbreviated as SMB) protocol for UNIX systems. This protocol is sometimes also referred to as the Common Internet File System (CIFS). For a more thorough description, see . Samba also implements the NetBIOS protocol in nmbd.
smbstatus(1) information about current connections
smbd(8) daemon provides the file and print services The configuration file is smb.conf(5)
testparm(1) syntax checker for smb.conf(5)
nmbd(8) daemon provides NetBIOS nameservice and browsing support. The configuration file is smb.conf(5)
smbclient(1) for ftp-like and printing
smbspool(8) printing on printers connected to CIFS servers.
testprns(1) testing printer names defined in printcap
nmblookup(1) allows NetBIOS name queries
smbpasswd(8) for changing LanMan and Windows NT password hashes on Samba and Windows NT servers.
smbcacls(1) sets ACL's on remote servers.
smbsh(1) runs a unix shell with with an overloaded VFS.
smbtree(1) text-based network neighborhood tool.
smbtar(1) makes backups on CIFS/SMB servers.
smbcontrol(1) changes the behaviour of running samba daemons.
rpcclient(1) executes RPC commands on remote servers.
pdbedit(8) maintains local user database
findsmb(1) finds SMB servers on the local network.
net(8) similar to the DOS/Windows NET command
swat(8) web-based interface to configure smb.conf
winbindd(8) integrates authentication and the user database.
wbinfo(1) retrieves and stores information related to winbind.
editreg(1) edits windows registry files.
profiles(1) replaces all occurences of a certain SID with another SID.
log2pcap(1) generates pcap trace files from log files.
vfstest(1) tests vfs modules.
ntlm_auth(1)for external programs to NTLM-authentication.
smbmount(8), smbumount(8), smbmnt(8) mount shares
smbcquotas(1) sets remote QUOTA's on NTFS 5. for information on how to file a bug report or submit a patch.

If you require help, visit the Samba webpage at and explore the many option available to you.

The Samba software suite is licensed under the GNU Public License(GPL). A copy of that li cense should have come with the package in the file COPYING. You are encouraged to distrib- ute copies of the Samba suite, but please obey the terms of this license.

The latest version of the Samba suite can be obtained via anonymous ftp from in the directory pub/samba/. It is also available on several mirror sites worldwide.

newsgroup comp.protocol.smb and mailing list. Details on how to join the mailing list are in README

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This man page is for version 3.0

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Contributors to the project are now too numerous to mention here but all deserve the thanks of all Samba users. To see a full list, look at the change-log in the source package for the pre-CVS changes and at for the contributors to Samba post-CVS. CVS is the Open Source source code control system used by the Samba Team to develop Samba. The project would have been unmanageable without it.

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.ic 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 for Samba 3.0 was done by Alexander Bokovoy.