sam at liddicott.com
Mon Dec 8 08:26:00 GMT 2008
Can you get a tcp dump of this problem using smaller files perhaps?
It would be good if you get get a dump from both devices.
The dumps should start before you start samba so we get all the negotiation and session start packets. Restrict the dumps to smb and ssh between those two IP's
It would be helpful if ou oud make the dumps available for download somewhere.
My bet is on faulty network devices, maybe mised interrupts.
From: Georg Köster <georg.koester at igk.de>
Sent: 06 December 2008 11:29
To: samba-technical at lists.samba.org
Subject: Blocked reads
if you are the wrong contact Im sorry. Dont know where to drop this
For many years it happens to me that a Samba installation can be fast on
writes but incredible slow on reads. Now it happened again with debian etch
stable and the default samba package (3.0.24). Client is a fresh XP SP2 or
SP3 and any smb.conf it really doesnt matter.
What I want to tell you: As I accidentally opened a scp connection while
trying to read from samba, the blocking was instantly gone. Its easy to
- I copy a 7 GB file from a samba-share to the local disk via
Windows explorer. The result is an endless wait, since the data move just
bit by bit.
- Now I switch to winscp and copy any other file from the samba
server to my local disk.
- From that moment on and for the time winscp is copying, the
Windows copy boosts to normal 35 MB/s and the file is copied within 3
- If the winscp copy ends before the Windows copy is done, than
this transfer rate instantly drops to nearly zero again.
- The problem is not restricted to large files, just easier to
We are doing some rpc programming in other areas and remember similar
problems some years ago but dont remember how it was solved. Do you
transfer in small pieces and close the ports after each one?
Georg Köster, Berlin
georg.koester at igk.de
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