libsmbclient and IP numbers

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Fri Nov 16 04:37:02 GMT 2001

Tom Jansen wrote:

> Hi,
>>>>>smbc_opendir("smb://<insert IP here>/); it fails! Is this not supported?
>>>>It works perfectly here 
> This is not true. My wrong. read on please.
>>My guess is that the IP will work against a Samba box, but not against
>>NT.  Can you verify.  With NT, you need a name for the NetBIOS session
>>request.  smbd doesn't actually require this.

As Gerry suspected, libsmbclient puts in a called NetBIOS name of the IP address you are connecting to.

smbd does not care about the called NetBIOS name, while Windows does.

Most Windows systems these days will handle *SMBSERVER, and there is a workaround for those that don't.

I will work on it ...

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