lmhosts - The Samba NetBIOS hosts file
lmhosts is the samba
(7) NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file.
This file is part of the samba
lmhosts is the Samba
NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file. It is very
similar to the /etc/hosts file format, except that the hostname component must
correspond to the NetBIOS naming format.
It is an ASCII file containing one line for NetBIOS name. The two fields on each
line are separated from each other by white space. Any entry beginning with
'#' is ignored. Each line in the lmhosts file contains the following
•IP Address - in dotted decimal
•NetBIOS Name - This name format is a
maximum fifteen character host name, with an optional trailing '#' character
followed by the NetBIOS name type as two hexadecimal digits.
If the trailing '#' is omitted then the given IP address will be returned for
all names that match the given name, whatever the NetBIOS name type in the
An example follows:
# Sample Samba lmhosts file.
Contains three IP to NetBIOS name mappings. The first and third will be returned
for any queries for the names "TESTPC" and "SAMBASERVER"
respectively, whatever the type component of the NetBIOS name requested.
The second mapping will be returned only when the "0x20" name type for
a name "NTSERVER" is queried. Any other name type will not be
The default location of the lmhosts file is in the same directory as the
lmhosts is loaded from the configuration directory. This is usually /etc/samba
This man page is correct for version 3 of the Samba suite.
(5), and smbpasswd
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