Sorry this is a little embarassing but I'm trying to set up my own server for the first time. I found great tutorial online.


I'm stuck at the 2nd to last line of step 4. Apparently there is no samba directory in init.d.

Why isn't there a samba directory in init.d?

Would the following work?

# sudo restart smbd
# sudo restart nmdb
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    If your # means you are logged in as superuser, then you don't need to run the commands with sudo, else the commands you mentioned are fine. – htorque Feb 5 '12 at 12:10
  • If you're embarrassed as a first timer, what does that make me when I've had a server running for years and needed this question :) – Sridhar Sarnobat Dec 18 '16 at 6:40


sudo service smbd start


sudo service smbd stop


sudo service smbd restart
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    Why not use the Upstart syntax like mentioned by the user? – htorque Feb 5 '12 at 12:09
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    Nothing wrong with it. I'm just lazy and sudo <start|stop|status|restart|reload> <job> is just shorter. ;) – htorque Feb 5 '12 at 18:55
  • @htorque I cant really remember why I made the recommendation like this also, maybe I seen something that ticked me off and I recommended this way, or its just my brain thinking about services all the time. Thx for the input! ;) – Bruno Pereira Feb 5 '12 at 19:08
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    FYI, I had to use samba instead of smbd in my command line. – Ross Rogers Oct 31 '13 at 16:51
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    I am using Kali linux and I too, had to use samba instead of smbd – GaurabDahal Jul 29 '15 at 11:38

You can also do this way:


sudo /etc/init.d/smbd start


sudo /etc/init.d/smbd stop


sudo /etc/init.d/smbd restart

If you got an error, try using these commends this nmbd instead.

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Starting with 15.04 and systemd, the command is systemctl restart smbd

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you may also try this :

check the name of the service:

service --status-all

restart the service

sudo service samba restart
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