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Running service smbd restart on a Debian Home server gives me an error reading smbd unrecognized service. The service ran fine after the initial installation, with the abbreviated output being:

apt-get install samba samba-common samba-client
starting service smbd nsmbd

At the moment the only way I can get it to restart is by reinstalling it (apt-get install --reinstall samba)!

How do I properly restart this service?

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The service name is wrong. Try "samba" as suggested here.


service samba restart 
# or
service smb restart
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