[Samba] problem with libsmbclient making new netbios names

Ryan Grimm reaper at iastate.edu
Tue Jun 4 11:23:02 GMT 2002

  I am having a bit of a problem.  
I am using the samba libraries (libsmbclient.so) to search through the 
network and index shares on different computers.  I am doing this with a 
perl script.  
The problem that I am having is that every time the libraries connect to 
a server it re announces itself with a new netbios name.  The format of 
the name goes like this: smbcnsearchxxxx 
nsearch is the name of the machine and xxxx is replaced by a number that 
gets incremented every time I connect to a host.  So what happens is that 
the WINS server ends up with thousands of entries in its database.  The 
system admins here at iowa state are getting mad at me because I am taking 
up over 21% of the name on the server.
I have a smb.conf file located at: /usr/local/samba/lib/smb.conf and also 
one in my ~/.smb/smb.conf file.  Both of them have my netbios name as 

I did a truss on my perl script and the samba libraries are opening up 
the conf file from my home directory.

Here is a copy of the smb.conf file
Any help I can get on this one would be great.

Ryan Grimm

Iowa State University

# Global parameters
        workgroup = IASTATE
        netbios name = NSEARCH
        server string = SMB stats, please allow
        passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
        passwd chat = *ew*password:* %n\n *e-enter*new*password:* %n\n
        max log size = 50
        os level = 0
        preferred master = False
        local master = No
        domain master = False
        wins server =
        lock dir =
        comment = Network Search
        printing = sysv
        print command =

        comment = Home Directories
        read only = No
        browseable = No

        path = /smbshares
        read only = Yes

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