[Samba] smbclient -c options

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Thu May 15 18:56:07 GMT 2003

man smbclient
/     recurse

Although it says recurse is for mget and mput, it works for ls, too.

So, this works for me:

     smbclient //server/share -c 'recurse;ls' | wc -l


On Thu, May 15, 2003 at 11:52:16AM -0400, Mark_Saunders wrote:
> I'm trying to get a recursive file listing with smbclient:
> smbclient //host/share -Uusername%password -c "ls -alFR"
> But I get an error:
> Evidently, smbclient thinks I'm asking for a file mask.
> Is there a way to get a recursive file listing on a samba share so I can 
> pipe it to wc -l for a file count?
> Ideally, I'd like to:
> (This won't work, but you get the idea...)
> smbclient //host/share -Uusername%password -c "ls -alFR | wc -l"
> Thanks!
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