[NCSA-discuss] windows/explore/samba - why so slow?
brian at strutmasters.com
Wed Sep 6 08:27:40 EDT 2006
I haven't followed the links that others have provided, so one or more
of them may mention this:
If Windows isn't actually copying all the files (as one post mentioned
could be a possibility), it is, depending on your view settings, reading
each file in order to generate an appropriate thumbnail image or icon.
It may do this regardless of the view setting; I'm not sure.
Joseph Mack NA3T wrote:
> I've been using windows at home and it's all a bit new to me.
> When I look (explore) from my WinXP laptop to the listings on my linux
> 100Mbyte samba fileserver (with about 5 levels of directories), I expect
> I'm doing an `ls -l` (or equivalent), which should be a kilobyte of data
> at the most. But watching the blinking light on the wifi card, it blinks
> for minutes and would appear to be copying Megabytes of data (a test
> copy of a 1M files takes only seconds). For the time it takes to list
> all the files in a directory, `explore` would have to be copying all the
> files, not just listing them.
> Doing an equivalent `explore` on another windows machine on the network
> (whose directories only go down one level and only a Megabyte of files),
> is much quicker.
> Is this just windows, does it have trouble going down multiple levels of
> directories, or do I have something wrong with my samba server?
> Thanks Joe
Brian A. Henning
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