about "ea support" parameter

Andrew Walker awalker at ixsystems.com
Fri Nov 27 01:11:47 UTC 2020

On Thu, Nov 26, 2020 at 5:30 AM Ralph Boehme via samba-technical <
samba-technical at lists.samba.org> wrote:

> Am 11/26/20 um 10:57 AM schrieb Leo Fan via samba-technical:
> > Hi samba experts,
> >
> > I need your help to understand the smb.conf parameter ‘ea support’.
> > We are developing a customized samba service to serve Windows 10
> > clients and MAC OS clients. And, we would like to set ‘EA support =
> > no’ to gain more performance of ‘dir’ command especially on the large
> > directory, but as smb.conf doc says, EA support disablement will
> > impact Windows file service compatibility.
> >
> > The default has changed to yes in Samba release 4.9.0 and above to
> > allow better Windows fileserver compatibility in a default install.
> To give you some background: that change untangled the previous mixture
> of configuring both SMB level behaviour *and* backend storage behaviour.
> Nowadays this parameter only configures the SMB level behaviour, ie if
> we support EAs in the protocol. There are various ways a client get
> list, get and set EAs over SMB, by setting "ea support = no" all of
> those will fail with an error, probably NT_STATUS_NOT_SUPPORTED.
> However, if when setting "ea support = no" Samba will still use xattrs
> in the backend as storage for various bits and pieces like DOS
> attributes, creation date, ACLs and so on.
> > I am not quite clear about compatibility problem with EA support
> > disablement, and have some questions:
> >
> >
> > 1.  In which scenarios will there be windows file service
> > compatibility?
> As explained above, you disable something which a Windows server
> supports. Hell may brake loose or you may never notice a difference in
> client behaviour, you never know.
> > 2.  How do we create and use EA?
> There are various SMB info level to get and set them, cf MS-FSA/MS-FSCC.
> > 3.  Does any well-known Windows/MAC application use EA?
> I'm not aware of any.
Windows Subsystem For Linux uses them, but unsure of implications over SMB
protocol (haven't looked into it). IIRC, Illumos disables EA support by
default in their SMB server implementation for performance reasons for
directory listing.


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