formats a /etc/passwd entry for a smbpasswd file
mksmbpasswd cat /etc/passwd | /usr/sbin/mksmbpasswd > /etc/samba/smb‐ passwd
mksmbpasswd should be used only once, the first time Samba is in‐ stalled. The idea is to ease accounts creation by transferring all user accounts from /etc/passwd to /etc/samba/smbpasswd. Please note that passwords are not transferred automatically from /etc/passwd to the new /etc/samba/smbpasswd file. After running mksmb‐ passwd all accounts are disabled so the system administrator must run smbpasswd for each account that needs to be enable.
/etc/passwd System wide accounts file /etc/samba/smbpasswd Encrypted passwords file for the Samba daemons
Eloy A. Paris