Set up SWAT to configure Samba

Set up SWAT to configure Samba

nano /etc/xinetd.d/swat

Here’s my swat file:

service swat
   port = 901
   socket_type = stream
   wait = no
   only_from =
   # only_from =
   user = root
   server = /usr/sbin/swat
   log_on_failure += USERID
   # disable = yes

By commenting out disable = yes, you allow xinetd to start SWAT.

Notice that I allow access to SWAT only from the machine that SWAT is running on ( is the loopback address). If I wanted to allow another machine on my LAN to access and edit SWAT, then I would remove the comment in front of only_from = You would need to change the IP address of the machine, of course.

Now restart xinetd:

/etc/init.d/xinetd restart

To actually use SWAT, you need to point your Web browser to the IP address of the machine you referenced in your swat file. After the IP address, append the port number of 901. So in my case, I would use the following URL:

At the prompt, enter the following:

User ID: root
Password: root’s password

At this point, you’re ready to start editing your Samba configuration!

Stefan Pejcic
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