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       nmbd  -  NetBIOS name server to provide NetBIOS over IP naming services
       to clients


       nmbd  [-D]  [-F]  [-S]  [-a]  [-i]  [-o]  [-h]  [-V]   [-d<debuglevel>]
        [-H<lmhostsfile>]          [-l<logdirectory>]         [-p<portnumber>]


       This program is part of the samba(7) suite.

       nmbd is a server that understands and can reply to NetBIOS over IP name
       service  requests,  like  those  produced  by  SMB/CIFS clients such as
       Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP  and  LanManager
       clients.  It  also participates in the browsing protocols which make up
       the Windows "Network Neighborhood" view.

       SMB/CIFS clients, when they start up, may wish to  locate  an  SMB/CIFS
       server.  That  is, they wish to know what IP number a specified host is

       Amongst other services, nmbd will listen for such requests, and if  its
       own NetBIOS name is specified it will respond with the IP number of the
       host it is running on. Its "own NetBIOS name" is by default the primary
       DNS  name  of  the host it is running on, but this can be overridden by
       the netbios name in smb.conf. Thus nmbd will reply to broadcast queries
       for its own name(s). Additional names for nmbd to respond on can be set
       via parameters in the smb.conf(5) configuration file.

       nmbd can also be used as a WINS (Windows Internet Name Server)  server.
       What  this  basically  means  is  that  it  will act as a WINS database
       server, creating a database from name  registration  requests  that  it
       receives and replying to queries from clients for these names.

       In  addition,  nmbd can act as a WINS proxy, relaying broadcast queries
       from clients that do not understand how to talk the WINS protocol to  a
       WINS server.


          If  specified,  this  parameter  causes nmbd to operate as a daemon.
          That is, it detaches itself and runs  in  the  background,  fielding
          requests on the appropriate port. By default, nmbd will operate as a
          daemon if launched from a command shell. nmbd can also  be  operated
          from the inetd meta-daemon, although this is not recommended.

          If  specified,  this  parameter  causes the main nmbd process to not
          daemonize, i.e. double-fork  and  disassociate  with  the  terminal.
          Child  processes  are  still  created  as  normal  to  service  each
          connection request,  but  the  main  process  does  not  exit.  This
          operation   mode   is   suitable  for  running  nmbd  under  process
          supervisors such as supervise and svscan from Daniel J.  Bernstein’s
          daemontools package, or the AIX process monitor.

          If  specified,  this parameter causes nmbd to log to standard output
          rather than a file.

          If  this  parameter  is  specified  it  causes  the  server  to  run
          "interactively",  not as a daemon, even if the server is executed on
          the command line of a shell.  Setting  this  parameter  negates  the
          implicit daemon mode when run from the command line.  nmbd also logs
          to standard output, as if the -S parameter had been given.

          Print a summary of command line options.

       -H <filename>
          NetBIOS lmhosts file. The lmhosts file is a list of NetBIOS names to
          IP addresses that is loaded by the nmbd server and used via the name
          resolution mechanism name resolve order described in smb.conf(5)  to
          resolve any NetBIOS name queries needed by the server. Note that the
          contents of this file are NOT  used  by  nmbd  to  answer  any  name
          queries.  Adding a line to this file affects name NetBIOS resolution
          from this host ONLY.

          The default path  to  this  file  is  /etc/samba/lmhosts.   See  the
          lmhosts(5) man page for details on the contents of this file.

          Prints the program version number.

       -s <configuration file>
          The  file  specified  contains the configuration details required by
          the server. The information in this  file  includes  server-specific
          information   such  as  what  printcap  file  to  use,  as  well  as
          descriptions of all the services that the server is to provide.  See
          smb.conf  for  more information. The default configuration file name
          is determined at compile time.

          level is an integer  from  0  to  10.  The  default  value  if  this
          parameter is not specified is zero.

          The  higher  this  value,  the more detail will be logged to the log
          files about the activities of the server. At level 0, only  critical
          errors  and serious warnings will be logged. Level 1 is a reasonable
          level for day-to-day running  -  it  generates  a  small  amount  of
          information about operations carried out.

          Levels  above  1 will generate considerable amounts of log data, and
          should only be used when investigating a problem. Levels above 3 are
          designed for use only by developers and generate HUGE amounts of log
          data, most of which is extremely cryptic.

          Note that specifying this parameter here will override the

          parameter in the smb.conf file.

          Base directory name for log/debug files. The  extension  ".progname"
          will  be  appended  (e.g.  log.smbclient, log.smbd, etc...). The log
          file is never removed by the client.

       -p <UDP port number>
          UDP port number is a positive integer value. This option changes the
          default  UDP  port  number (normally 137) that nmbd responds to name
          queries on. Don’t use this option unless you are an expert, in which
          case you won’t need help!


          If  the server is to be run by the inetd meta-daemon, this file must
          contain suitable startup information for the meta-daemon.

          or whatever initialization script your system uses).

          If running the server as a daemon at startup, this file will need to
          contain an appropriate startup sequence for the server.

          If  running  the  server  via  the meta-daemon inetd, this file must
          contain a mapping of service name  (e.g.,  netbios-ssn)  to  service
          port (e.g., 139) and protocol type (e.g., tcp).

          This is the default location of the smb.conf(5) server configuration

          When run as a WINS server (see the wins  support  parameter  in  the
          smb.conf(5) man page), nmbd will store the WINS database in the file
          wins.dat in the var/locks directory configured under wherever  Samba
          was configured to install itself.

          If nmbd is acting as a
           browse  master  (see  the local master parameter in the smb.conf(5)
          man page,  nmbd  will  store  the  browsing  database  in  the  file
          browse.dat  in  the  var/locks  directory  configured under wherever
          Samba was configured to install itself.


       To shut down an nmbd process it is recommended that SIGKILL (-9) NOT be
       used,  except  as a last resort, as this may leave the name database in
       an inconsistent state. The correct way to terminate nmbd is to send  it
       a SIGTERM (-15) signal and wait for it to die on its own.

       nmbd  will accept SIGHUP, which will cause it to dump out its namelists
       into the file namelist.debug in the /var/run/samba directory. This will
       also cause nmbd to dump out its server database in the log.nmb file.

       The   debug   log  level  of  nmbd  may  be  raised  or  lowered  using
       smbcontrol(1) (SIGUSR[1|2] signals are no longer used since Samba 2.2).
       This  is  to  allow  transient  problems  to be diagnosed, whilst still
       running at a normally low log level.


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


       inetd(8), smbd(8), smb.conf(5), smbclient(1), testparm(1), testprns(1),
       and  the  Internet RFC’s rfc1001.txt, rfc1002.txt. In addition the CIFS
       (formerly SMB) specification is available as a link from the  Web  page


       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  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.