samba  4.10.4
About: Samba is the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix providing secure, stable and fast file and print services for all clients using the SMB/CIFS protocol. 4.10 series.
  Fossies Dox: samba-4.10.4.tar.gz  ("inofficial" and yet experimental doxygen-generated source code documentation)  

samba Documentation

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  1. To see the Doxygen generated documentation please click on one of the items in the steelblue colored "quick index" bar above or use the side panel at the left which displays a hierarchical tree-like index structure and is adjustable in width.
  2. If you want to search for something by keyword rather than browse for it you can use the client side search facility (using Javascript and DHTML) that provides live searching, i.e. the search results are presented and adapted as you type in the Search input field at the top right.
  3. Doxygen doesn't incorporate all member files but just a definable subset (basically the main project source code files that are written in a supported language). So to search and browse all member files you may visit the Fossies
  4. samba-4.10.4.tar.gz contents page and use the Fossies standard member browsing features (also with source code highlighting and additionally with optional code folding).

About Samba

Samba is the standard Windows interoperability suite of programs for Linux and Unix. Samba is Free Software licensed under the GNU General Public License and the Samba project is a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy. Since 1992, Samba has provided secure, stable and fast file and print services for all clients using the SMB/CIFS protocol, such as all versions of DOS and Windows, OS/2, Linux and many others. Samba is an important component to seamlessly integrate Linux/Unix Servers and Desktops into Active Directory environments. It can function both as a domain controller or as a regular domain member.

NOTE: Installation instructions may be found for the file/print server and domain member in: docs/htmldocs/Samba3-HOWTO/install.html

For the AD DC implementation a full HOWTO is provided at:

Community guidelines can be read at:

This software is freely distributable under the GNU public license, a copy of which you should have received with this software (in a file called COPYING).


  1. To contribute via GitLab
  1. If you want to contribute to the development of the software then please join the mailing list. The Samba team accepts patches (preferably in "diff -u" format, see for more details) and are always glad to receive feedback or suggestions to the address More information on the various Samba mailing lists can be found at

You can also get the Samba sourcecode straight from the git repository - see

If you like a particular feature then look through the git change-log (on the web at;a=summary) and see who added it, then send them an email.

Remember that free software of this kind lives or dies by the response we get. If no one tells us they like it then we'll probably move onto something else.



There is quite a bit of documentation included with the package, including man pages, and lots of .html files with hints and useful info. This is also available from the webpage. There is a growing collection of information under docs/.

A list of Samba documentation in languages other than English is available on the webpage.

If you would like to help with the documentation, please coordinate on the mailing list. See the next section for details on subscribing to samba mailing lists.


Please do NOT send subscription/unsubscription requests to the lists!

There is a mailing list for discussion of Samba. For details go to or send mail to

There is also an announcement mailing list where new versions are announced. To subscribe go to or send mail to All announcements also go to the samba list, so you only need to be on one.

For details of other Samba mailing lists and for access to archives, see


A few tips when submitting to this or any mailing list.

  1. Make your subject short and descriptive. Avoid the words "help" or "Samba" in the subject. The readers of this list already know that a) you need help, and b) you are writing about samba (of course, you may need to distinguish between Samba PDC and other file sharing software). Avoid phrases such as "what is" and "how do i". Some good subject lines might look like "Slow response with Excel files" or "Migrating from Samba PDC to NT PDC".

  2. If you include the original message in your reply, trim it so that only the relevant lines, enough to establish context, are included. Chances are (since this is a mailing list) we've already read the original message.

  3. Trim irrelevant headers from the original message in your reply. All we need to see is a) From, b) Date, and c) Subject. We don't even really need the Subject, if you haven't changed it. Better yet is to just preface the original message with "On [date] [someone] wrote:".

  4. Please don't reply to or argue about spam, spam filters or viruses on any Samba lists. We do have a spam filtering system that is working quite well thank you very much but occasionally unwanted messages slip through. Deal with it.

  5. Never say "Me too." It doesn't help anyone solve the problem. Instead, if you ARE having the same problem, give more information. Have you seen something that the other writer hasn't mentioned, which may be helpful?

  6. If you ask about a problem, then come up with the solution on your own or through another source, by all means post it. Someone else may have the same problem and is waiting for an answer, but never hears of it.

  7. Give as much relevant information as possible such as Samba release number, OS, kernel version, etc...

  8. RTFM. Google.


A Samba website has been setup with lots of useful info. Connect to:

As well as general information and documentation, this also has searchable archives of the mailing list and links to other useful resources such as the wiki.