smbtree - A text based smb network browser
smbtree [-b] [-D] [-S]
This tool is part of the samba(7) suite.
smbtree is a smb browser program in text mode. It is similar to the
"Network Neighborhood" found on Windows computers. It prints a tree
with all the known domains, the servers in those domains and the shares
on the servers.
-b Query network nodes by sending requests as broadcasts instead of
querying the local master browser.
-D Only print a list of all the domains known on broadcast or by
the master browser
-S Only print a list of all the domains and servers responding on
broadcast or known by the master browser.
-V Prints the program version number.
-s <configuration file>
The file specified contains the configuration details required
by the server. The information in this file includes server-spe-
cific information such as what printcap file to use, as well as
descriptions of all the services that the server is to provide.
See smb.conf for more information. The default configuration
file name is determined at compile time.
debuglevel is an integer from 0 to 10. The default value if this
parameter is not specified is zero.
The higher this value, the more detail will be logged to the log
files about the activities of the server. At level 0, only crit-
ical errors and serious warnings will be logged. Level 1 is a
reasonable level for day-to-day running - it generates a small
amount of information about operations carried out.
Levels above 1 will generate considerable amounts of log data,
and should only be used when investigating a problem. Levels
above 3 are designed for use only by developers and generate
HUGE amounts of log data, most of which is extremely cryptic.
Note that specifying this parameter here will override the pa-
rameter in the smb.conf file.
Base directory name for log/debug files. The extension ".prog-
name" will be appended (e.g. log.smbclient, log.smbd, etc...).
The log file is never removed by the client.
-N If specified, this parameter suppresses the normal password
prompt from the client to the user. This is useful when access-
ing a service that does not require a password.
Unless a password is specified on the command line or this pa-
rameter is specified, the client will request a password.
-k Try to authenticate with kerberos. Only useful in an Active Di-
This option allows you to specify a file from which to read the
username and password used in the connection. The format of the
username = <value>
password = <value>
domain = <value>
Make certain that the permissions on the file restrict access
from unwanted users.
Sets the SMB username or username and password.
If %password is not specified, the user will be prompted. The
client will first check the USER environment variable, then the
LOGNAME variable and if either exists, the string is uppercased.
If these environmental variables are not found, the username
GUEST is used.
A third option is to use a credentials file which contains the
plaintext of the username and password. This option is mainly
provided for scripts where the admin does not wish to pass the
credentials on the command line or via environment variables. If
this method is used, make certain that the permissions on the
file restrict access from unwanted users. See the -A for more
Be cautious about including passwords in scripts. Also, on many
systems the command line of a running process may be seen via
the ps command. To be safe always allow rpcclient to prompt for
a password and type it in directly.
Print a summary of command line options.
This man page is correct for version 3.0 of the Samba suite.
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.
The smbtree man page was written by Jelmer Vernooij.
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