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Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2022

libsmbclient (7)


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


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LIBSMBCLIENT(7)                        7                       LIBSMBCLIENT(7)

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


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       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:

           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 queried. 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 displayed.

       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 part of version 4.13.17 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.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | service/network/samba |
       |Stability      | Volatile              |

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This software was built from source available at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.  The original community
       source was downloaded from

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.samba.org/.

Samba 4.13.17                     06/28/2022                   LIBSMBCLIENT(7)