CIFS vs. NFS and other filesystems (was Client for Samba Networks)

Jeremy Allison jra at
Tue Dec 18 12:42:04 GMT 2001

On Tue, Dec 18, 2001 at 01:58:27PM -0600, Steven French wrote:
> If we could prove (via benchmark/testcase) that using utf8 vs. ucs-2 over
> the wire improved performance measurably/significantly we would have a case
> to add a capabilities bit (or smb flag).   I will have to see how hard that
> would be to negotiate and implement in my Linux VFS client prototype &
> Samba server but it might be easier to roughly estimate more simply by
> benchmarking the difference in performance with Unicode disabled (i.e.
> single byte, ASCII ) vs. UCS-2 enabled in Samba - I don't know whether the
> performance difference would be significant enough to show up in benchmarks
> and it would depend on the client.  With Windows clients and netbench it
> would be tricky because Windows 2000 clients are presumably "natively"
> ucs-2 but with a Linux client to Samba it might be measurable.

That's a good idea. As I'm about to add the HP UNIX extensions support
into the Samba server code (this will make smbfs client code much
easier) this may be a worthwhile change.


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