Searches for a master browser by looking up the NetBIOS
name with a type of 0x1d. If name is "-" then
it does a lookup on the special name __MSBROWSE__. Please note that in
order to use the name "-", you need to make sure "-" isn't
parsed as an argument, e.g. use : nmblookup -M -- -.
Set the recursion desired bit in the packet to do a
recursive lookup. This is used when sending a name query to a machine running
a WINS server and the user wishes to query the names in the WINS server. If
this bit is unset the normal (broadcast responding) NetBIOS processing code on
a machine is used instead. See RFC1001, RFC1002 for details.
Once the name query has returned an IP address then do a
node status query as well. A node status query returns the NetBIOS names
registered by a host.
Try and bind to UDP port 137 to send and receive UDP
datagrams. The reason for this option is a bug in Windows 95 where it ignores
the source port of the requesting packet and only replies to UDP port 137.
Unfortunately, on most UNIX systems root privilege is needed to bind to this
port, and in addition, if the nmbd(8)
daemon is running on this machine
it also binds to this port.
Interpret name as an IP Address and do a node
status query on this address.
-n|--netbiosname <primary NetBIOS name>
This option allows you to override the NetBIOS name that
Samba uses for itself. This is identical to setting the netbios name
parameter in the smb.conf file. However, a command line setting will take
precedence over settings in smb.conf.
This specifies a NetBIOS scope that nmblookup will use to
communicate with when generating NetBIOS names. For details on the use of
NetBIOS scopes, see rfc1001.txt and rfc1002.txt. NetBIOS scopes are
very rarely used, only set this parameter if you are the system
administrator in charge of all the NetBIOS systems you communicate with.
Set the SMB domain of the username. This overrides the
default domain which is the domain defined in smb.conf. If the domain
specified is the same as the servers NetBIOS name, it causes the client to log
on using the servers local SAM (as opposed to the Domain SAM).
-O|--socket-options socket options
TCP socket options to set on the client socket. See the
socket options parameter in the smb.conf manual page for the list of valid
Print a summary of command line options.
Display brief usage message.
-B|--broadcast <broadcast address>
Send the query to the given broadcast address. Without
this option the default behavior of nmblookup is to send the query to the
broadcast address of the network interfaces as either auto-detected or defined
in the interfaces
parameter of the smb.conf(5)
-U|--unicast <unicast address>
Do a unicast query to the specified address or host
unicast address. This option (along with the -R option) is
needed to query a WINS server.
is an integer from 0 to 10. The default
value if this parameter is not specified is 0.
The higher this value, the more detail will be logged to the log
files about the activities of the server. At level 0, only critical 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 log
level parameter in the smb.conf file.
Prints the program version number.
The file specified contains the configuration details
required by the server. The information in this file includes server-specific
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.
Base directory name for log/debug files. The extension
".progname" will be appended (e.g. log.smbclient, log.smbd,
etc...). The log file is never removed by the client.
Set the smb.conf(5)
"<name>" to value "<value>" from the command
line. This overrides compiled-in defaults and options read from the
This causes any IP addresses found in the lookup to be
looked up via a reverse DNS lookup into a DNS name, and printed out before
IP address .... NetBIOS name
pair that is the normal output.
Show which flags apply to the name that has been looked
up. Possible answers are zero or more of: Response, Authoritative, Truncated,
Recursion_Desired, Recursion_Available, Broadcast.
This is the NetBIOS name being queried. Depending upon
the previous options this may be a NetBIOS name or IP address. If a NetBIOS
name then the different name types may be specified by appending
'#<type>' to the name. This name may also be '*', which will return all
registered names within a broadcast area.