SambaConfig - file /etc/samba/smb.conf

This parser reads the SaMBa configuration file /etc/samba/smb.conf, which is in standard .ini format, with a couple of notable features:

  • SaMBa ignores spaces at the start of options, which the ConfigParser class normally does not. This spacing is stripped by this parser.

  • SaMBa likewise ignores spaces in section heading names.

  • SaMBa allows the same section to be defined multiple times, with the options therein being merged as if they were one section.

  • SaMBa allows options to be declared before the first section marker. This parser puts these options in a global section.

  • SaMBa treats ‘;’ as a comment prefix, similar to ‘#’.

Sample configuration file:

# This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the
# smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed
#======================= Global Settings =====================================

    workgroup = MYGROUP
    server string = Samba Server Version %v
    max log size = 50

    comment = Home Directories
    browseable = no
    writable = yes
;   valid users = %S
;   valid users = MYDOMAIN\%S

    comment = All Printers
    path = /var/spool/samba
    browseable = no
    guest ok = no
    writable = no
    printable = yes

# A publicly accessible directory, but read only, except for people in
# the "staff" group
   comment = Public Stuff
   path = /home/samba
   public = yes
   writable = yes
   printable = no
   write list = +staff


>>> type(conf)
<class 'insights.parsers.samba.SambaConfig'>
>>> sorted(conf.sections()) == [u'global', u'homes', u'printers', u'public']
>>> global_options = conf.items('global')  # get a section as a dictionary
>>> type(global_options) == type({})
>>> conf.get('public', 'comment') == u'Public Stuff'  # Accessor for section and option
>>> conf.getboolean('public', 'writable')  # Type conversion, but no default
>>> conf.getint('global', 'max log size')  # Same for integer conversion
class insights.parsers.samba.SambaConfig(context)[source]

Bases: insights.core.IniConfigFile

This parser reads the SaMBa configuration file /etc/samba/smb.conf.


Parses content of the config file.

In child class overload and call super to set flag allow_no_values and allow keys with no value in config file:

def parse_content(self, content):
    super(YourClass, self).parse_content(content,