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       testparm - check an smb.conf configuration file for internal


       testparm [-s] [-h] [-v] [-L <servername>] [-t <encoding>]
        {config filename} [hostname hostIP]


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

       testparm is a very simple test program to check an smbd(8)
       configuration file for internal correctness. If this program reports no
       problems, you can use the configuration file with confidence that smbd
       will successfully load the configuration file.

       Note that this is NOT a guarantee that the services specified in the
       configuration file will be available or will operate as expected.

       If the optional host name and host IP address are specified on the
       command line, this test program will run through the service entries
       reporting whether the specified host has access to each service.

       If testparm finds an error in the
        smb.conf file it returns an exit code of 1 to the calling program,
       else it returns an exit code of 0. This allows shell scripts to test
       the output from testparm.


           Without this option, testparm will prompt for a carriage return
           after printing the service names and before dumping the service

           Print a summary of command line options.

           Prints the program version number.

       -L servername
           Sets the value of the %L macro to servername. This is useful for
           testing include files specified with the %L macro.

           If this option is specified, testparm will also output all options
           that were not used in smb.conf(5) and are thus set to their

       -t encoding
           Output data in specified encoding.

       --parameter-name parametername
           Dumps the named parameter. If no section-name is set the view is
           limited by default to the global section. It is also possible to
           dump a parametrical option. Therfore the option has to be separated
           by a colon from the parametername.

       --section-name sectionname
           Dumps the named section.

           This is the name of the configuration file to check. If this
           parameter is not present then the default smb.conf(5) file will be

           If this parameter and the following are specified, then testparm
           will examine the hosts allow and hosts deny parameters in the
           smb.conf(5) file to determine if the hostname with this IP address
           would be allowed access to the smbd server. If this parameter is
           supplied, the hostIP parameter must also be supplied.

           This is the IP address of the host specified in the previous
           parameter. This address must be supplied if the hostname parameter
           is supplied.


           This is usually the name of the configuration file used by smbd(8).


       The program will issue a message saying whether the configuration file
       loaded OK or not. This message may be preceded by errors and warnings
       if the file did not load. If the file was loaded OK, the program then
       dumps all known service details to stdout.


       This man page is correct for version 3 of the Samba suite.


       smb.conf(5), smbd(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
       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.