Running smb without nmb?

Christopher R. Hertel crh at
Wed Oct 23 20:38:01 GMT 2002

I've been known to do things the other way, with nmbd running on a system 
that isn't running smbd.  I set nmbd to act as a WINS server and Domain 
Master Browser to handle the namespace issues, but I don't offer any 
file services.

Chris -)-----

On Wed, Oct 23, 2002 at 02:43:05PM -0500, Steven French wrote:
> >From: "l. a. walsh" <lwlsh at>
> >Subject: Running smb without nmb? (Linux Suse 8.1 feature)
> >I recently upgraded my Linux distro to SuSE 8.1 which
> >came w/samba 2.2.5.
> >
> >A feature of the upgrade was that it 'split' the startup
> >script for samba from 1 script for _smb_ & _nmb_ to 2 scripts.
> >
> >Ok -- enough of my whining.  Question is this: is there any good reason
> >for splitting the two or making so one is runnable w/o the other?
> That is cool.   I thought that I was the only one who prefers not to run
> nmbd  :)
> On my test systems I don't want to deal with WINS related traffic, and as a
> general practice prefer to limit the network services running on my servers
> to the minimum.     Although that means the server will not be sending
> browser announcements which might make it harder for other servers to find
> mine, if you are configured for DFS (or perhaps with 3.0 servers publish
> your servers shares in ActiveDirectory) that may not be a big restriction.
> The Linux CIFS VFS is passed IP addresses and does not need/use Netbios
> names anyway so the RFC1001 support that nmbd helps with is not necessary.
> It is also a lot easier to only have to (re)start one daemon (smbd) when
> you are testing different versions of the server.
> Steve French
> Senior Software Engineer
> Linux Technology Center - IBM Austin
> phone: 512-838-2294
> email: sfrench at

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