sharing out nfs mounted filesystems with samba

Michael Gerdts Michael.Gerdts at
Fri May 11 15:41:39 GMT 2001

On Fri, May 11, 2001 at 11:09:24AM -0400, David Collier-Brown wrote:
> Tim wrote:
> >  						My question is,
> > if I set up a system with GB ethernet, and nfs mounted each filesystem I
> > wanted to share, and _then_ shared those out to the PC's via samba, would
> > I suffer any major performance issues? 
> 	Latency would go up, which the end-users would 
> 	see as slowness, especially on large directories
> 	and small files.

The impact of this is reduced if the NFS client / Samba server does NFS
attribute caching and has a reasonable amount of RAM.  Large files that are
read once in a great while will not benefit from this.  OTOH, you don't
care much about latency when reading or writing large files as you do when
you are doing operations like stat() on each of 500 files in a directory.

> 	Total network bandwidth used doubles.

If your network is switched and full duplex, this is likely not an issue.


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