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       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 naming format.


       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:

       ·  IP Address - in dotted decimal format.

       ·  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 digits.

          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

       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) file.


       lmhosts is loaded from the configuration directory. This is /etc/samba.


       This man page is correct for version 3.0 of the Samba suite.


       smbclient(1), smb.conf(5), and smbpasswd(8)


       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
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       Source   software,   available  at  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
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