SMBTAR(1)                                                            SMBTAR(1)


       smbtar  -  shell script for backing up SMB/CIFS shares directly to UNIX
       tape drives


       smbtar [-r] [-i] [-a] [-v] {-s server} [-p password] [-x services] [-X]
              [-N filename] [-b blocksize] [-d directory] [-l loglevel]
              [-u user] [-t tape] {filenames}


       This tool is part of the samba(7) suite.

       smbtar is a very small shell script on top of smbclient(1) which  dumps
       SMB shares directly to tape.


       -s server
              The SMB/CIFS server that the share resides upon.

       -x service
              The  share  name  on  the  server  to connect to. The default is

       -X     Exclude mode. Exclude filenames... from tar create or restore.

       -d directory
              Change to initial  directory   before  restoring  /  backing  up

       -v     Verbose mode.

       -p password
              The password to use to access a share. Default: none

       -u user
              The user id to connect as. Default: UNIX login name.

       -a     Reset DOS archive bit mode to indicate file has been archived.

       -t tape
              Tape  device. May be regular file or tape device. Default: $TAPE
              environmental variable; if not set, a file called tar.out .

       -b blocksize
              Blocking factor. Defaults to 20. Seetar(1) for a fuller explana-

       -N filename
              Backup  only files newer than filename. Could be used (for exam-
              ple) on a log file to implement incremental backups.

       -i     Incremental mode; tar files are only backed up if they have  the
              archive  bit  set.  The  archive bit is reset after each file is

       -r     Restore. Files are restored to the share from the tar file.

       -l log level
              Log (debug) level. Corresponds to the-d flag of smbclient(1).


       The $TAPE variable specifies the default tape device to write  to.  May
       be overridden with the -t option.


       The smbtar script has different options from ordinary tar and from smb-
       client’s tar command.


       Sites that are more careful about security may not  like  the  way  the
       script  handles PC passwords. Backup and restore work on entire shares;
       should work on file lists. smbtar works best with GNU tar and  may  not
       work well with other versions.


       See the DIAGNOSTICS section for the smbclient(1) command.


       This man page is correct for version 3.0 of the Samba suite.


       smbd(8), smbclient(1), smb.conf(5).


       The  original  Samba software and related utilities were created by An-
       drew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the  Samba  Team  as  an  Open
       Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.

       Ricky  Poulten  wrote  the  tar extension and this man page. The smbtar
       script was heavily rewritten  and  improved  by  Martin  Kraemer.  Many
       thanks  to  everyone who suggested extensions, improvements, bug fixes,
       etc. The man page sources were converted to YODL format (another excel-
       lent   piece  of  Open  Source  software,  available  at  ftp://ftp.ic- and updated for the Samba 2.0  release  by  Jeremy
       Allison.  The  conversion  to  DocBook for Samba 2.2 was done by Gerald
       Carter. The conversion to DocBook XML 4.2 for Samba  3.0  was  done  by
       Alexander Bokovoy.


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