novcifs (8)


novcifs - A command line utility that communicates with the cifsd daemon. You must be logged in as root to use novcifs.


novcifs [options]

[-sl, --share --list]

[-sln SHARENAME, --share --list --name=SHARENAME]

[-sap PATH -n SHARENAME -m CONNECTION-LIMIT -c COMMENT, --share --add --path=PATH --name=SHARENAME --conn-limit=CONNECTION-LIMIT --comment=COMMENT ]

[-srn SHARENAME, --share --remove --name=SHARENAME]



[-b yes|no, --enable-debug=yes|no]

[-f yes|no, --enable-info=yes|no]

[-e yes|no, --guest-login=yes|no]

[-a -D DNSNAME -I IPADDR, --add --dns-name=DNSNAME --ip-addr=IPADDR]

[-r -D DNSNAME -I IPADDR, --remove --dns-name=DNSNAME --ip-addr=IPADDR]

[-g yes|no|optional|force, --enable-smbsigning=yes|no|optional|force]

[-e yes|no, --add --dns-name=DNS_NAME --ip-addr=IP_ADDR]

[-C | --Conn]



[-o | --oper-params]

[-g yes|no|optional|force, --enable-smbsigning=yes|no|optional|force]

[-L 0|4|5, --lm=0|4|5]

[-y [yes|no]]


[-t [yes|no]]

[-S yes|no]


[--csc= 0|1|2|3]

[-UT TIMEOUT-PERIOD, --block-invalid-users --timeout-period=TIMEOUT-PERIOD]

[-Uan USER-NAME, --block-invalid-users --add --name=USER-NAME]

[-Urn USER-NAME, --block-invalid-users --remove --name=USER-NAME]

[-Ul, --block-invalid-users --list]


[-d fh, --dump-statistics=fh]

[-d fp, --dump-statistics=fp]

[-d dc, --dump-statistics=dc]

[-Rp FILE-PATH, --rights --path=FILE-PATH]





[--share-vols-default=SERVER_NAME --value=yes|no]


Displaying the List of Share Points

novcifs [-sl | --share --list]

Lists all the available share points.

Displaying Details of a Share Point

novcifs [-sln SHARENAME | --share --list --name=SHARENAME]

Displays details of a specific share point.

Adding a New Share Point on a Non-Clustered Volume (Login to the node as root)

novcifs [-sap PATH -n SHARENAME -m CONNECTION-LIMIT -c COMMENT | --share --add --path=PATH --name=SHARENAME --conn-limit=CONNECTION-LIMIT --comment=COMMENT]

Adds a new share point.


novcifs -sap CIFSV:/home/user1 -n user1home -m 0 -c "User1 home directory"

novcifs -sap CIFSV: -n volumeshare -m 0 -c "Volume share"

Removing a Share Point on a Non-Clustered Volume (Login to the node as root)

novcifs [-srn SHARENAME | --share --remove --name=SHARENAME]

Removes an existing share point.


novcifs -srn user1home

Adding a New Share Point on a Clustered Volume (Login to the node hosting resource as root)


Adds a new share point on a clustered volume.


Assuming the resource name of the clustered volume SHAREDV is .cn=PROJECT.ou=CL1.ou=Service.o=CT.t=NOVELL

novcifs -sap SHAREDV:/home/user1 -n user1home -m 0 -c User1 home directory -v PROJECTS.CL1.Service.CT.NOVELL

Removing a Share Point on a Clustered Volume

novcifs [-srn SHARENAME -v VIRTUALSERVERFDN | --share --remove --name=SHARENAME --vserver=VIRTUALSERVERFDN]

Removes an existing share point.


novcifs -srn user1home -v PROJECT.CL1.Service.CT.NOVELL

Enabling or Disabling the Debug Log

novcifs [-b yes|no | --enable-debug=yes|no]

Enables or disables the debug log.

Enabling or Disabling the Info Log

novcifs [-f yes|no | --enable-info=yes|no]

Enable this option to log all informative messages from the CIFS server.

Enabling or Disabling Anonymous (guest) Login

novcifs [-e yes|no | --guest-login=yes|no]

Enables or disables guest user login.

Adding or Removing DNS Names (other than hostnames) for Advertising

novcifs [-a -D DNSNAME -I IPADDR | --add --dns-name=DNSNAME --ip-addr=IPADDR]
novcifs [-r -D DNSNAME -I IPADDR | --remove --dns-name=DNSNAME --ip-addr=IPADDR]

This option associates DNS names with cluster resource IP address in the CIFS server. You can assign more than one DNS name to the same cluster resource and access it using the CIFS client.

Displaying Active Connection Count

novcifs [-C | --Conn]

Displays the number of active connections.

Adding a Virtual Server


Adds a virtual server to CIFS.

Removing a Virtual Server


Removes a virtual server from CIFS.

Displaying Operational Parameters

novcifs [-o | --oper-params]

This option displays the current settings of the CIFS server.

Enabling or Disabling SMB Signing

novcifs [-g yes|no|optional|force | --enable-smbsigning=yes|no|optional|force]

Enables or disables the SMB signature.

This is an add-on functionality.

Setting LMCompatibilityLevel

novcifs [-L 0|4|5| --lm=0|4|5]

This option sets the LAN Manager authentication level.

Enabling or Disabling Subtree Search Capability

novcifs -y [yes|no]

Enables CIFS to search for the user in the entire base context.

Changing the Cache Settings

novcifs -k [SDIRCACHE | DIRCACHE | FILECACHE] = value | --set-cache SDIRCACHE | DIRCACHE | FILECACHE = value]

Changes the cache value. The following are the default cache values:

Enabling or Disabling Auditing

novcifs [-t yes|no]

Enables or disables auditing.

IMPORTANT:Ensure that the novell-vigil service is running before you enable this option.

Enabling or Disabling File Synchronization

novcifs [-S yes|no | --sync=yes|no]

Enables or disables file synchronization. This parameter ensures that all the data previously written to a CIFS share has been written to the disk.

Enabling or Disabling Mask Behavior for Range Locks

novcifs [--enable-range-lock-mask=yes|no]

Enables or disables range lock masking behavior.

IMPORTANT:If you enable or disable this parameter, make sure you restart the CIFS server using the rcnovell-cifs restart command in order for the changes to take effect.

By default, range lock masking is enabled.

Enabling or Disabling Client-side Caching

novcifs [--csc= 0|1|2|3]

Enables or disables client-side caching feature, which can be used to store frequently used information on the client's machine.

By default, client-side caching is disabled.

Enabling Invalid User Caching

CIFS is now able to cache the invalid user logins for a specific timeout period. Further authentication requests from the same user name will be ignored based on the configured timeout period.

novcifs [-UT TIMEOUT-PERIOD | --block-invalid-users --timeout-period=TIMEOUT-PERIOD]

Specifies the amount of time a user should be considered as invalid to ignore authentication requests. Specify the timeout period in minutes. The range should be between 0 and 525600.

novcifs [-Uan USER-NAME | --block-invalid-users --add --name=USER-NAME]

Adds the specified user to the list of default invalid users whose authentication requests need to be ignored permanently.

novcifs [-Urn USER-NAME | --block-invalid-users --remove --name=USER-NAME]

Removes the specified user from the list of cached invalid users to start considering authentication requests.

novcifs [-Ul | --block-invalid-users --list]

Lists all the cached invalid users whose authentication requests are currently ignored.

Enabling CIFS File Id Pool

Enables CIFS to increase the file id pool from 65k to 600k. By default, this option is disabled.

novcifs [--dynamic-fid-pool=yes|no]

Dumping File Handle Statistics

Dumps statistics of Linux file handles opened.

novcifs [-d fh | --dump-statistics=fh]

Dumps statistics of Linux file handles and CIFS protocol file Ids opened.

novcifs [-d fp | --dump-statistics=fp]

Dumping Directory Cache Statistics

Dumps cache statistics used to store file and directory names.

novcifs [-d dc | --dump-statistics=dc]

Viewing the Trustees Associated with a File or Folder

Displays the list of trustees associated with the specified file or folder as per the CIFS cache record.

novcifs [-Rp FILE-PATH | --rights --path=FILE-PATH]

Synchronizing the Trustee List for a Volume

Imports the trustee information from the trustee_database.xml file associated with the specified volume into the CIFS cache.

novcifs [--resync=VOLUME-NAME]

Viewing Statistics of Trustees for a Volume

Displays the count of new, modified, and removed trustees for the specified volume. Run this command after synchronizing the trustee list.

novcifs [--vol-stats=VOLUME-NAME]

CIFS Monitoring and Management

With the file monitoring options you can view details of open files and close open files within a volume, by connection and file handles associated with a file. For more information, see Section 3.0, CIFS Monitoring and Management.

Enabling or Disabling the Pass-through Information Levels Capability

Enables or disables the pass-through information levels capability on the server.

The option is disabled by default. Enabling this option can cause differences in client behavior. Restart the CIFS server any time you modify this option.

novcifs [--info-level-passthru=yes|no]

How does enabling this option impact the client behavior?

The pass-through information levels capability exposes additional information levels as part of the CIFS protocol.

When the capability is enabled, Windows 7 starts using the new information levels - sends different verbs. No visible end user impact.

When should you enable it?

You want to do a multi-select and copy of large files from Finder on Mac clients to OES servers. The sequence of calls Finder performs for this operation causes problems if the pass through capability is not enabled.

Enabling this option also improves Web download experience to a CIFS Share on Mac Clients.

How do the users see their current quota on the client?

You can set quotas at volume and user levels, not at the directory or folder level. You must enable pass through capability for the user level quota to work.

If the user level quota is set and the pass through capability is enabled, the total space seen by the client is limited to the user level quota set.

For example, set 1 TB volume quota and 1 GB user quota. The disk usage (total space, used space, and free space) visible to the users is limited to 1 GB.

Viewing the NetBIOS Names of Servers and Changing the Behavior of Exporting Volumes by Default

In releases earlier than OES 11 SP2, all mounted NSS volumes are exported as shares by default when the CIFS service is started. The name of the share is the same as the corresponding volume name. If a user removes a default share using the novcifs command or iManager, it will once again be exported as a share if the CIFS service is restarted.

In OES 11 SP2, this behavior can be modified by setting the value of the nfapCIFSShareVolsByDefault attribute of the NCP server object to false. This prevents any default shares that were removed from being shared again if the server is restarted or if the resource is migrated. This setting can be modified using the novcifs command.

The setting to control whether volumes are shared by default is specific to each physical and virtual CIFS server. Different physical and virtual servers running on an OES host can behave differently in terms of how they share volumes by default, depending on the value of the setting for each server.

With the new command option introduced in novcifs, the administrator can choose to export all mounted volumes as shares, or export only the specified volumes as shares.

novcifs [--list-servers]

Lists the NetBIOS name and whether all NSS volumes are exported as shares by default for each CIFS server on this system. Returns an entry for each physical and virtual server running on this system.

novcifs [--share-vols-default=SERVER_NAME --value=yes|no]

Enables or disables all volumes being exported as shares by default.

SERVER_NAME: The NetBIOS name of one of the CIFS servers returned by the --list-servers command.

yes: Exports all the volumes belonging to <SERVER_NAME> as CIFS shares.

no: Exports only those shares specified by the CIFS administrator.

This option is enabled by default. When this option is disabled, no new volumes mounted will be shared; however, volumes that are already exported as shares will remain as shares until they are manually removed by the administrator. When this option is enabled, any new volume mounted will be exported, and after the CIFS service is restarted all mounted volumes will be exported as shares.

Limitation: This feature does not work for virtual servers in a cluster environment where non OES 11 SP2 nodes exist.


Viewing the list of physical and virtual CIFS servers and the "Share volumes by default" option for each server.

novcifs --list-servers
List of CIFS servers:
LINUX-100-1_W   -  "Share volumes by default" attribute is enabled
R1-CLUSPOOL1-W  -  "Share volumes by default" attribute is disabled

Disabling the "Share volumes by default" option.

novcifs --share-vols-default=LINUX-100-1_W --value=no
Updating the Share Volumes By Default setting of the server completed successfully.

Enabling the "Share volumes by default" option.

novcifs --share-vols-default=R1-CLUSPOOL1-W --value=yes
Updating the Share Volumes By Default setting of the server completed successfully.

Help Options

-h | --help

Displays the help information for CIFS commands, syntax, and exits.

-u | --usage

Displays the usage information for the commands and exits.



CIFS configuration file.


CIFS context file.


Encrypted CIFS proxy user file.


Initialization script for CIFS. You should use this script to start and stop CIFS, rather than running it directly.


CIFS server log file.


/etc/init.d/novell-cifs start runs this program in the standard way.

/usr/sbin/novcifs runs the client interface program directly.

VOL1:dir1 or VOL1:/dir1 is a volume-based path.