libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?

Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Thu Jan 4 22:08:32 GMT 2001

> Yes, Samba won't care.  I'm not even suggesting the smb.conf file should
> support it.  My question is simply, "To an SMB client, what does the
> 'workgroup' in smb.conf mean?"  The default auth domain?  Or the default
> browsing workgroup?  What the other parameter should or could be hinges
> on the answer to this question.

I think that the answer is fairly obvious.  Smb.conf already supports the
WORKGROUP parameter.  A workgroup does not provide an authentication
server, only an NTDomain provides an authentication server.

Microsoft's definition: "A domain is a group of servers that share common
security policy and user account databases."

So, if smb.conf is to be used, I suggest that WORKGROUP provide the
browsing workgroup and AUTH DOMAIN provide the authentication domain.  If
AUTH DOMAIN is not present, use the value of WORKGROUP as the default for

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