smbcli connection using public libs only

Catalin Patulea cat at
Mon Jan 9 02:02:00 MST 2012

On Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 3:36 AM, Volker Lendecke
<Volker.Lendecke at> wrote:
> What makes the Samba 4 client interface superior to your
> needs over the Samba 3 client interface? In the past years,
> we have put a lot of work into the latter, and I would like
> to know the deficiences to improve it further.
The main scenario I'm trying to improve on is
readdir-followed-by-stats. Through GVFS, this occurs when showing a
File Browser of a share, or a File Open dialog, etc. Because the stats
are done sequentially, directories with many files are painfully slow,
even on networks with decent bandwidth, like a Wifi connection.
Issuing the stats asynchronously would alleviate this problem and
would better use the bandwidth available on the link.

I have a proof of concept in smbclient4 that does this. It's a toy
problem, a 'dir' which also shows streams information for each file
entry. But async qpathinfo2 against an XP server does seem to work,
and it does speed things up.

It seems I neglected to check the latest version of the Samba 3 client
API - I was under the impression that it did not have an async request
interface. I see cli_qpathinfo2_send in source3/libsmb/clirap.h. Is
this part of a supported, stable interface?

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