TESTPARM(1)                                                        TESTPARM(1)


       testparm  -  check an smb.conf configuration file for internal correct-


       testparm [-s] [-h] [-v] [-L <servername>] [-t <encoding>]
                {config filename} [hostname hostIP]


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

       testparm  is  a very simple test program to check an smbd(8) configura-
       tion file for internal correctness. If this program  reports  no  prob-
       lems,  you  can  use  the  configuration file with confidence that smbd
       will successfully load the configuration file.

       Note that this is NOT a guarantee that the services  specified  in  the
       configuration file will be available or will operate as expected.

       If the optional host name and host IP address are specified on the com-
       mand line, this test program will run through the service  entries  re-
       porting whether the specified host has access to each service.

       If  testparm  finds  an  error in the  smb.conf file it returns an exit
       code of 1 to the calling program, else it returns an exit  code  of  0.
       This allows shell scripts to test the output from testparm.


       -s     Without  this option, testparm will prompt for a carriage return
              after printing the service names and before dumping the  service

              Print a summary of command line options.

       -V     Prints the program version number.

       -L servername
              Sets the value of the %L macro to servername. This is useful for
              testing include files specified with the %L macro.

       -v     If this option is specified, testparm will also output  all  op-
              tions  that  were  not  used  in smb.conf(5) and are thus set to
              their defaults.

       -t encoding
              Output data in specified encoding.

              This is the name of the configuration file to check. If this pa-
              rameter is not present then the default smb.conf(5) file will be

              If this parameter and the following are specified, then testparm
              will  examine  the  hosts allow and hosts deny parameters in the
              smb.conf(5) file to determine if the hostname with this  IP  ad-
              dress would be allowed access to the smbd server. If this param-
              eter is supplied, the hostIP parameter must also be supplied.

       hostIP This is the IP address of the host specified in the previous pa-
              rameter. This address must be supplied if the hostname parameter
              is supplied.


              This is usually the name  of  the  configuration  file  used  by


       The  program will issue a message saying whether the configuration file
       loaded OK or not. This message may be preceded by errors  and  warnings
       if  the  file did not load. If the file was loaded OK, the program then
       dumps all known service details to stdout.


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


       smb.conf(5), smbd(8)


       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 original Samba man pages were written by Karl Auer.  The  man  page
       sources  were converted to YODL format (another excellent piece of Open
       Source software, available at ftp://ftp.icce.rug.nl/pub/unix/) and  up-
       dated  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 Doc-
       Book XML 4.2 for Samba 3.0 was done by Alexander Bokovoy.


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