Using nmbd without smb for browsing

LIBAULT David david.libault at
Fri Apr 19 07:35:01 GMT 2002

Le Vendredi 19 Avril 2002 15:35, Gerald Carter a écrit :
> On Thu, 18 Apr 2002, LIBAULT David wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I would like 2 "Windows" PCs connected with PPP to a linux box to share
> > their files and printers using netbios.
> >
> > The linux box doesn't have to appear in the "network neighbourhood". So
> > I run nmbd (and NOT smbd) in the linux box with the appropriate options
> > in smb.conf to be a wins server and to be the domain browse master and
> > local browse master (as I saw in the file "browse.txt" in the docs).
> >
> > One of the "Windows PC" is an XP computer. On this machine in the
> > neighbourhood I see the workgroup name a entered in smb.conf
> > (MY_WORKGROUP), but I can't browse it. The name resolution looks good
> > though (I can ping the windows name of the linux box).
> So you are trying to browse the Samba box from the Windows XP
> box but the Samba server is only running nmbd?   Browsing is
> implemented on top of SMB. You'll need smbd for this.

No, the linux (samba) box doesn't have to appear in the "network 
neighbourhood", just the two (or more) Windows PCs each one connected with 
his own PPP link to the linux box :

Windows PC1 <-PPP0-> linux box <-PPP1->Windows PC2                        

I just want PC1 to appear in the neighbourhood of PC2 and respectively. The 
linux is the wins server.

But it looks like even for that I need to have 1.6Mbytes of code running in 
addition to the 400k of nmbd...

> cheers, jerry
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