lmhosts is the Samba NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file.
This file is part of the Samba suite.
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 information :
'#'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 lookup.
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
"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 smb.conf file.
This man page is correct for version 2.0 of the Samba suite.
smb.conf (5), smbclient (1), smbpasswd (8), samba (7).
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell email@example.com. 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 updated for the Samba2.0 release by Jeremy Allison. firstname.lastname@example.org.
See samba (7) to find out how to get a full list of contributors and details on how to submit bug reports, comments etc.