still very slow (MS Word and Excel only)

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Wed Aug 2 16:08:48 GMT 2000

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At 08:07 AM 8/2/00 -0400, David Collier-Brown wrote:
>  Robert Gehr wrote some time ago about MS Word and Excel 
>being mysteriously slow, but only when talking to a Samba server.
>  After the usual tests, to make sure it was samba and was
>on multiple machines, we tried a test with log level 3, where
>the human tester only opened the file once.  HOWEVER, the smbd
>logs showed samba servicing a stream of open/close/open requests.
>Seven of them!  
>Robert wrotes: 
>> I fired up Excel [On and NT Workstation --dave] and klicked in the 
>> latest opened files on ASIEN.xls which is on the server.
>> I checked my watch and it took about 10 sec. before the file was opened.
>> I immediately copied the log file to another file and that is what is
>> attached. The file was definetly opened only once in Excel.
>  The logs showed seven sucessful opens, and 6 closes, all identical.
>  This is a behavior I've not (knowingly) seen before, so I'm ccing
>samba-technical list too, to catch everyone.
>  Two questions:
>	Anyone recognize this symptom?

No, but I have seen Windows boxen doing lots of strange things.

>	Any suggestions for the next diagnostic step?

Test the same against NT to see if the trace is the same.

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