AMSAMBA(8) System Administration Commands AMSAMBA(8)

NAME amsamba - Amanda Application to interface with smbclient

DESCRIPTION Amsamba is an Amanda Application API script. It should not be run by users directly. It uses smbclient to backup and restore data.

The device name in the disklist must have the form ´//HOST/SHARE/SUBDIR´ where HOST is the CIFS host, SHARE is the share to connect and subdir is the subdirectory to backup. ´/subdir´ can be ommited, in which case the complete share is archived. The host in the disklist should be the name of an intermediate host that has smbclient installed, and is often the Amanda server itself.

Include or exclude can be used, but not both. The path for ´exclude list´ or ´include list´ must be absolute path on the client. The estimate calculates the complete size of the share, without regard for include or exclude directives. It will be larger than the actual dump if you use include or exclude. Using ´estimate server´ in the dumptype could give better estimate.

PROPERTIES This section lists the properties that control amsamba´s functionality. See amanda-applications(7) for information on application properties and how they are configured.


The path to the smbclient binary. The default is set when Amanda is built.


The path to the gnutar binary. The default is set when Amanda is built. gnutar is use to create the index.


Location of the amandapass file, The default is "/etc/amandapass". The format of the file is as follow: Sharename User%Password Domain

Sharename is ´//HOST/SHARE´ without the SUBDIR. Sharename can be quoted, it can be ´*´ to match all share, it can be ´//pc-host/*´ to match all share on pc-host. User is the username use to connect to the share. Password is the password use to connect to the share. Domain is optional. Example: //another-pc/share otheruser%otherpw domain

SEE ALSO amanda.conf(5), amanda-applications(7)

AUTHOR Jean-Louis Martineau <> Zmanda, Inc. (

Amanda 2.6.1p2 11/05/2009 AMSAMBA(8)