samba — Server to provide AD and SMB/CIFS services to clients
samba [-D] [-i] [-M <model>] [--maximum-runtime=<seconds>] [-b] [--help] [--usage] [-d <debug level>] [--debug-stderr] [-s <configuration file>] [--option=<smb_conf_param>=<value>] [-l <log directory>] [--leak-report] [--leak-report-full] [-V]
This program is part of the samba(7) suite.
samba is the server daemon that
provides Active Directory, filesharing and printing services to clients.
The server provides filespace and directory services to
clients using the SMB (or CIFS) protocol and other
related protocols such as DCE/RPC, LDAP and Kerberos.
Clients supported include MSCLIENT 3.0 for DOS, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95/98/ME, Windows NT, Windows 2000/XP/2003, OS/2, DAVE for Macintosh, and cifsfs for Linux.
An extensive description of the services that the server can provide is given in the man page for the configuration file controlling the attributes of those services (see smb.conf(5). This man page will not describe the services, but will concentrate on the administrative aspects of running the server.
Please note that there are significant security implications to running this server, and the smb.conf(5) manual page should be regarded as mandatory reading before proceeding with installation.
If specified, this parameter causes
the server to operate as a daemon. That is, it detaches
itself and runs in the background, fielding requests
on the appropriate ports. Operating the server as a
daemon is the recommended way of running
samba for servers that provide more
than casual use file and print services. This switch is
samba is executed on the
command line of a shell.
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
samba also logs to standard
output, as if the
-S parameter had been
This parameter can be used to specify the "process model" samba should use. This determines how concurrent clients are handled. Available process models include single (everything in a single process), standard (similar behaviour to that of Samba 3), thread (single process, different threads.
Set maximum runtime of the server process till autotermination in seconds.
Print information about how Samba was built.
Show help message.
Display brief usage message.
Set debug level.
Send debug output to STDERR.
Use alternative configuration file.
Set smb.conf option from command line.
Basename for log/debug files.
Enable talloc leak reporting on exit.
Enable full talloc leak reporting on exit.
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
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 file. Other common places that systems
install this file are
This file describes all the services the server is to make available to clients. See smb.conf(5) for more information.
Most diagnostics issued by the server are logged in a specified log file. The log file name is specified at compile time, but may be overridden on the command line.
The number and nature of diagnostics available depends on the debug level used by the server. If you have problems, set the debug level to 3 and peruse the log files.
Most messages are reasonably self-explanatory. Unfortunately, at the time this man page was created, there are too many diagnostics available in the source code to warrant describing each and every diagnostic. At this stage your best bet is still to grep the source code and inspect the conditions that gave rise to the diagnostics you are seeing.
smb.conf(5), smbclient(8), samba-tool(8), smbd(8), nmbd(8), winbindd(1), and the
In addition the CIFS (formerly SMB) specification is available
as a link from the Web page