lmhosts is the samba(7) NetBIOS name to IP address mapping file.
This file is part of the samba(7) suite.
It is an ASCII file containing one line for NetBIOS name. The two fields on each line are separated from each other by white space. Any entry beginning with '#' is ignored. Each line in the lmhosts file contains the following information:
If the trailing '#' is omitted then the given IP address will be returned for all names that match the given name, whatever the NetBIOS name type in the lookup.
An example follows:
# # Sample Samba lmhosts file. # 126.96.36.199 TESTPC 188.8.131.52 NTSERVER#20 184.108.40.206 SAMBASERVER
Contains three IP to NetBIOS name mappings. The first and third will be returned for any queries for the names "TESTPC" and "SAMBASERVER" respectively, whatever the type component of the NetBIOS name requested.
The second mapping will be returned only when the "0x20" name type for a name "NTSERVER" is queried. Any other name type will not be resolved.
The default location of the lmhosts file is in the same directory as the smb.conf(5) file.
The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.