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smbtree (1)


smbtree - A text based smb network browser


smbtree [-b] [-D] [-S]


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     smbtree - A text based smb network browser

     smbtree [-b] [-D] [-S]

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

     smbtree is a smb browser program in text mode. It is similar
     to the "Network Neighborhood" found on Windows computers. It
     prints a tree with all the known domains, the servers in
     those domains and the shares on the servers.

         Query network nodes by sending requests as broadcasts
         instead of querying the local master browser.

         Only print a list of all the domains known on broadcast
         or by the master browser

         Only print a list of all the domains and servers
         responding on broadcast or known by the master browser.

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

         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 blue]log level] parameter in the smb.conf file.

         Prints the program version number.

     -s|--configfile <configuration file>
         The file specified contains the configuration details

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         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.

         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

         If specified, this parameter suppresses the normal
         password prompt from the client to the user. This is
         useful when accessing a service that does not require a

         Unless a password is specified on the command line or
         this parameter is specified, the client will request a

         If a password is specified on the command line and this
         option is also defined the password on the command line
         will be silently ingnored and no password will be used.

         Try to authenticate with kerberos. Only useful in an
         Active Directory environment.

         Try to use the credentials cached by winbind.

         This option allows you to specify a file from which to
         read the username and password used in the connection.
         The format of the file is

             username = <value>
             password = <value>
             domain   = <value>

         Make certain that the permissions on the file restrict
         access from unwanted users.

         Sets the SMB username or username and password.

         If %password is not specified, the user will be
         prompted. The client will first check the USER
         environment variable, then the LOGNAME variable and if

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         either exists, the string is uppercased. If these
         environmental variables are not found, the username
         GUEST is used.

         A third option is to use a credentials file which
         contains the plaintext of the username and password.
         This option is mainly provided for scripts where the
         admin does not wish to pass the credentials on the
         command line or via environment variables. If this
         method is used, make certain that the permissions on the
         file restrict access from unwanted users. See the -A for
         more details.

         Be cautious about including passwords in scripts. Also,
         on many systems the command line of a running process
         may be seen via the ps command. To be safe always allow
         rpcclient to prompt for a password and type it in

         Print a summary of command line options.

     This man page is correct for version 3 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 smbtree man page was written by Jelmer Vernooij.

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following

     |Availability   | service/network/samba |
     |Stability      | Volatile              |
     This software was built from source available at  The original
     community source was downloaded from

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     Further information about this software can be found on the
     open source community website at

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