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smbclient is the Samba client utility.

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  • smbclient -L //gonzo
Domain=[PINECREST] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.22]

       Sharename       Type      Comment
       ---------       ----      -------
       homes           Disk      Home Directories
       Files           Disk      File system, read-only
       Public          Disk
       STUFF           Disk      and things
       SCRATCH         Disk      and sniff
       IPC$            IPC       IPC Service (Samba 3.0.22)
       ADMIN$          IPC       IPC Service (Samba 3.0.22)
       Epson875        Printer   EPSON Stylus Photo 875
       Brother         Printer   BROTHER HL-1250
Domain=[PINECREST] OS=[Unix] Server=[Samba 3.0.22]

       Server               Comment
       ---------            -------
       GONZO                Samba 3.0.22

       Workgroup            Master
       ---------            -------
       PINECREST            BUNSEN
  • smbclient //larder/Documents <password> -U<username> -Tcga larder.Documents.tar / > detail.log
    • Makes an incremental backup (warning: rename the file after this operation, or the next backup will overwrite all but the newest files in the backup) and writes the backup session output to "detail.log".
  • smbclient //larder/Documents <password> -U<username> -Tc larder.Documents.tar / > detail.log
    • Does a full backup and writes the backup session output to "detail.log".


  • Some things about the -T (tarfile) option:
    • This seems to be the only way of doing a backup -- or, at least, I see no instructions for doing it any other way.
    • Although the 'g' (incremental backup) sub-option causes only newly-modified files to be copied, the .tar file will still be created from scratch -- that is, if you tell it to do an incremental backup to an existing .tar file, you will lose your backup copies of all older files. Presumably the useful way to use this function, then, is to give the incremental backup .tar files unique names.