14.8.17. testparm

testparm <options> <filename> <hostname IP_address>
The testparm program checks the syntax of the smb.conf file. If your smb.conf file is in the default location (/etc/samba/smb.conf) you do not need to specify the location. Specifying the hostname and IP address to the testparm program verifies that the hosts.allow and host.deny files are configured correctly. The testparm program also displays a summary of your smb.conf file and the server's role (stand-alone, domain, etc.) after testing. This is convenient when debugging as it excludes comments and concisely presents information for experienced administrators to read.
For example:
~]# testparm
Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
Processing section "[homes]"
Processing section "[printers]"
Processing section "[tmp]"
Processing section "[html]"
Loaded services file OK.
Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE
Press enter to see a dump of your service definitions
<enter>
# Global parameters
[global]
        workgroup = MYGROUP
        server string = Samba Server
        security = SHARE
        log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
        max log size = 50
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
        dns proxy = No
 
[homes]
        comment = Home Directories
        read only = No
        browseable = No
 
[printers]
        comment = All Printers
        path = /var/spool/samba
        printable = Yes
        browseable = No
 
[tmp]
        comment = Wakko tmp
        path = /tmp
        guest only = Yes
 
[html]
        comment = Wakko www
        path = /var/www/html
        force user = andriusb
        force group = users
        read only = No
        guest only = Yes