libsmbclient - An extension library for browsers and that can be used as a
generic browsing API.
Browser URL: smb://[[[domain:]user[:password@]]server[/share[/path[/file]]]]
This tool is part of the samba
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
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 use.
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 4.8.7 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.