Index of /pub/samba/

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up Parent Directory 24-May-2017 07:15 - directory HOWTO 25-Feb-2005 17:43 - directory SMB-info 19-Aug-1997 02:41 - directory cifs-cvs 10-Dec-2008 22:17 - directory cifs-utils 03-Mar-2010 13:45 - directory contributed 13-Sep-2012 17:33 - directory docs 17-Aug-2007 14:00 - directory expired-gpg-keys 18-Jan-2007 19:15 - directory logos 15-Jan-2000 08:11 - directory old-versions 07-Feb-2013 13:40 - directory pam_ntdom 11-Sep-2000 04:22 - directory pam_smb 06-Sep-2003 06:05 - directory patches 24-May-2017 07:12 - directory people 14-May-2007 00:29 - directory pre 14-Oct-2014 20:25 - directory pwdump 30-Sep-2012 21:06 - directory rc 28-Feb-2017 20:07 - directory seclib 08-Dec-1999 02:05 - directory slides 21-Jul-2015 17:42 - directory smb2www 04-Aug-1998 19:03 - directory smbedit 20-Jun-1999 20:17 - directory smblib 19-Aug-1997 02:41 - directory snapshot 30-Dec-1997 15:53 - directory specs 22-Aug-2005 09:56 - directory stable 24-May-2017 07:12 - directory tcpdump-smb 24-Jul-2000 10:49 - directory tsig-gss 09-Aug-2008 04:07 - directory xfertest 13-Dec-1998 00:57 - unknown COPYING 21-Oct-2009 09:49 36k unknown DOWNLOADING 24-Jul-2002 08:08 4k unknown LATEST-IS-SAMBA-4.6.4 24-May-2017 07:15 0k [TXT] UNOFFICIAL_MIRROR.txt 14-Nov-2005 14:06 4k unknown samba-3.0.37.tar.asc 01-Oct-2009 08:07 4k [CMP] samba-3.0.37.tar.gz 01-Oct-2009 08:07 22868k unknown samba-3.2.15.tar.asc 01-Oct-2009 08:05 4k [CMP] samba-3.2.15.tar.gz 01-Oct-2009 08:05 23864k unknown samba-3.3.16.tar.asc 26-Jul-2011 17:26 4k [CMP] samba-3.3.16.tar.gz 26-Jul-2011 17:26 24968k unknown samba-3.4.17.tar.asc 30-Apr-2012 12:22 4k [CMP] samba-3.4.17.tar.gz 30-Apr-2012 12:22 34012k unknown samba-3.5.22.tar.asc 05-Aug-2013 07:34 4k [CMP] samba-3.5.22.tar.gz 05-Aug-2013 07:34 34556k unknown samba-3.6.25.tar.asc 23-Feb-2015 10:14 4k [CMP] samba-3.6.25.tar.gz 23-Feb-2015 10:14 33324k unknown samba-4.0.26.tar.asc 06-May-2015 19:17 4k [CMP] samba-4.0.26.tar.gz 06-May-2015 19:17 21640k unknown samba-4.1.23.tar.asc 25-Feb-2016 08:59 4k [CMP] samba-4.1.23.tar.gz 25-Feb-2016 08:59 19108k unknown samba-4.2.14.tar.asc 07-Jul-2016 08:47 4k [CMP] samba-4.2.14.tar.gz 07-Jul-2016 08:47 20396k unknown samba-4.3.13.tar.asc 09-Dec-2016 11:13 4k [CMP] samba-4.3.13.tar.gz 09-Dec-2016 11:12 20108k unknown samba-4.4.14.tar.asc 23-May-2017 08:13 4k [CMP] samba-4.4.14.tar.gz 23-May-2017 08:13 20280k unknown samba-4.5.10.tar.asc 23-May-2017 08:17 4k [CMP] samba-4.5.10.tar.gz 23-May-2017 08:17 20500k unknown samba-4.6.4.tar.asc 23-May-2017 08:22 4k [CMP] samba-4.6.4.tar.gz 23-May-2017 08:21 20616k unknown samba-latest.tar.asc 23-May-2017 08:22 4k [CMP] samba-latest.tar.gz 23-May-2017 08:21 20616k unknown samba-pubkey.asc 08-May-2017 08:40 8k unknown samba-pubkey_6F33915B6568B7EA.asc 08-May-2017 08:40 8k unknown samba-pubkey_6F33915B6568B7EA.asc.bak 08-May-2017 08:39 8k

This is a development version  of Samba, the free SMB and CIFS client and
server for unix and other operating systems. Samba is maintained by
the Samba Team, who support the original author, Andrew Tridgell.

>>>> Please read THE WHOLE of this file as it gives important information
>>>> about the configuration and use of Samba.

NOTE: Installation instructions may be found in 

This software is freely distributable under the GNU public license, a
copy of which you should have received with this software (in a file
called COPYING). 


This is a big question. 

The very short answer is that it is the protocol by which a lot of
PC-related machines share files and printers and other informatiuon
such as lists of available files and printers. Operating systems that
support this natively include Windows NT, OS/2, and Linux and add on
packages that achieve the same thing are available for DOS, Windows,
VMS, Unix of all kinds, MVS, and more. Apple Macs and some Web Browsers
can speak this protocol as well.  Alternatives to SMB include
Netware, NFS, Appletalk, Banyan Vines, Decnet etc; many of these have
advantages but none are both public specifications and widely
implemented in desktop machines by default.

The Common Internet Filesystem (CIFS) is what the new SMB initiative
is called. For details watch


1. Many people want to integrate their Microsoft or IBM style desktop
   machines with their Unix or VMS (etc) servers.

2. Others want to integrate their Microsoft (etc) servers with Unix
   or VMS (etc) servers. This is a different problem to integrating
   desktop clients.

3. Others want to replace protocols like NFS, DecNet and Novell NCP,
   especially when used with PCs.


Here is a very short list of what samba includes, and what it does. For
many networks this can be simply summarised by "Samba provides a complete
replacement for Windows NT, Warp, NFS or Netware servers."

- a SMB server, to provide Windows NT and LAN Manager-style file and print 
  services to SMB clients such as Windows 95, Warp Server, smbfs and others.

- a NetBIOS (rfc1001/1002) nameserver, which amongst other things gives 
  browsing support. Samba can be the master browser on your LAN if you wish.

- a ftp-like SMB client so you can access PC resources (disks and
printers) from unix, Netware and other operating systems

- a tar extension to the client for backing up PCs

- limited command-line tool that supports some of the NT administrative
  functionality, which can be used on Samba, NT workstation and NT server.

For a much better overview have a look at the web site at, and browse the user survey.

Related packages include:

- smbfs, a linux-only filesystem allowing you to mount remote SMB
filesystems from PCs on your linux box. This is included as standard with
Linux 2.0 and later.

- tcpdump-smb, a extension to tcpdump to allow you to investigate SMB
networking problems over netbeui and tcp/ip.

- smblib, a library of smb functions which are designed to make it
easy to smb-ise any particular application. See


If you want to contribute to the development of the software then
please join the mailing list. The Samba team accepts patches
(preferably in "diff -u" format, see docs/BUGS.txt for more details)
and are always glad to receive feedback or suggestions to the address We have recently put a new bug tracking
system into place which should help the throughput quite a lot. You
can also get the Samba sourcecode straight from the CVS tree - see

If you like a particular feature then look through the CVS change-log
(on the web at and see
who added it, then send them an email.

Samba Team
26 Carstensz St
Griffith, A.C.T.
2603 Australia



There is quite a bit of documentation included with the package,
including man pages, and lots of .txt files with hints and useful
info. This is also available from the web page. There is a growing
collection of information under docs/faq; by the next release expect
this to be the default starting point.

A list of Samba documentation in languages other than English is
available on the web page.

If you would like to help with the documentation (and we _need_ help!)
then have a look at the mailing list samba-docs, archived at


There is a mailing list for discussion of Samba. To subscribe send
mail to with a body of "subscribe samba Your Name"
Please do NOT send this request to the list alias instead.

To send mail to everyone on the list mail to

There is also an announcement mailing list where new versions are
announced.  To subscribe send mail to with a
body of "subscribe samba-announce Your Name". All announcements also
go to the samba list.

For details of other Samba mailing lists and for access to archives, see


You might also like to look at the usenet news group
comp.protocols.smb as it often contains lots of useful info and is
frequented by lots of Samba users. The newsgroup was initially setup
by people on the Samba mailing list. It is not, however, exclusive to
Samba, it is a forum for discussing the SMB protocol (which Samba
implements). The samba list is gatewayed to this newsgroup.


A Samba WWW site has been setup with lots of useful info. Connect to:

As well as general information and documentation, this also has searchable 
archives of the mailing list and a user survey that shows who else is using
this package. Have you registered with the survey yet? :-)

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