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       libsmbclient  -  An extension library for browsers and that can be used
       as a generic browsing API.


       Browser URL:



       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


       What the URLs mean:

       smb:// 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 around 3.

              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

       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.