Samba configuration options when using with FUSE file system

Jeremy Allison jra at
Fri Apr 24 07:12:30 GMT 2009

On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 11:44:00AM -0500, Jim Casey wrote:
> It seems that metadata operations involved in writing new files into the
> same directory become increasingly expensive as the number of files
> grows larger.  Determining whether a file exists in a directory (in our
> case this will never be true since we are always writing new files)
> seems like it should be a simple operation, but in fact seems to involve
> a huge number of opendir->readdir->closedir calls.  I am using Samba to
> share a FUSE filesystem for which these directory operations are very
> expensive compared to file systems like ext3.
> Are there configuration options in Samba that would help us out in this
> case, perhaps by caching directory information or some such?
> Thank you for any assistance you are able to provide.

See my post on large numbers of files in a directory:


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