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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

           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 requested.

       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 usually /etc/samba or


       This man page is correct for version 3 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 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 was done by Alexander Bokovoy.