cifs vs. nfs "chattiness"

James Peach jpeach at
Sat Apr 14 20:56:47 GMT 2007

On 13/04/2007, at 3:25 PM, Steve French wrote:

> There is an oft-repeated comment that cifs is "chattier" than nfs  
> (e.g.
> 0,289625,sid5_gci1113518,00.html)

Whatever "chatty" means. I can think of a few different interpretations.

> Any idea why such a perception?
> I assume it has to do with one or more of the following:
> 1) NFSv3 does not send open/close (which is a good news ... bad news
> story for nfs users of course - there is a good reason that NFSv4
> finally added an open call) while cifs does
> 2) Windows Explorer does lots of ineffecient repeated requests (which
> the MS cifs client dutifully send over the wire)
> 3) CIFS Unix Extensions require three to four operations for
> create/mkdir while NFS presumably can do it in one fewer).

4) browse traffic

James Peach | jpeach at

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