smb.conf For Samba?

Timur I. Bakeyev timur at
Sat Jul 25 17:32:49 MDT 2009

Hi, John!

First of all, such questions better to be addressed to samba at
This is list is for technical discussions only.

It looks like you missed some steps with your Samba installation and
brought config file from somewhere from the ports tree, where it meant
to stay.

Try to install /usr/ports/net/samba3 first of all and check resulting
smb.conf and friends.

With regards,

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 08:06:54AM -0700, John MacLennan wrote:
> Old mainframer needs help.
> I have Freebsd 6.1 unix, need to allow 2 or 3 users to access a directory on
> the Unix machine from their windows XP machines.
> So have read Installing and configuring Samba from the website. My
> question is about the [global ]setting in the smb.conf, workgroup = ??????,
> I believe this is the domain name to which the XP machines belong to
>  and the netbios name = ??????, is this a made up name, which will appear in
> the user's XP
> Network NeighbourHood.
> When I look at my smb.conf(copied from smb.conf.default), I see the line
> below which confuses me
> # Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
> # on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
> # of the machine that is connecting
>  include = %%SAMBA_CONFDIR%%/smb.conf.%m
> Do I have the right version of samba, this is what I have in the pkg
> directory
> drwxr-xr-x  2 root  wheel  512 Jan  5  2007 samba-libsmbclient-3.0.21b
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