Man Page for TESTPARM
testparm [ configfilename [ hostname hostIP ] ]
This program is part of the Samba suite. testparm is a very simple test program to check an smbd configuration file for internal correctness. If this pro- gram reports no problems, you can use the configuration file with confidence that smbd will successfully load the configuration file. Note that this is NOT a guarantee that the services speci- fied in the configuration file will be available or will operate as expected. If the optional host name and host IP address are speci- fied on the command line, this test program will run through the service entries reporting whether the speci- fied host has access to each service.
configfilename This is the name of the configuration file to check. hostname This is the name of the host to check access on. If this parameter is supplied, the hostIP parameter must also be supplied, or strange things may happen. hostIP This is the IP number of the host specified in the pre- vious parameter. This number must be supplied if the hostname parameter is supplied, or strange things may happen.
The location of the server and its support files is a mat- ter for individual system administrators. The following are thus suggestions only. It is recommended that the testparm program be installed under the /usr/local hierarchy, in a directory readable by all, writeable only by root. The program itself should be executable by all. The program should NOT be setuid or setgid!
This man page is (mostly) correct for version 1.9.00 of the Samba suite, plus some of the recent patches to it. These notes will necessarily lag behind development of the software, so it is possible that your version of the pro- gram has extensions or parameter semantics that differ from or are not covered by this man page. Please notify these to the address below for rectification.
The program will issue a message saying whether the con- figuration file loaded OK or not. This message may be pre- ceded by errors and warnings if the file did not load. If the file was loaded OK, the program then dumps all known service details to stdout. If a host name is specified but no host IP number, all bets are off. Other messages are self-explanatory.
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell (Andrew.). Andrew is also the Keeper of the Source for this project. The testparm program and this man page were written by Karl Auer (Karl.) See samba(7) for a full list of contributors and details on how to submit bug reports, comments etc.
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