Samba performance

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton lkcl at
Sun Sep 28 20:02:36 GMT 1997

On Sat, 27 Sep 1997, Eric Knudstrup wrote:

> > > On Fri, 26 Sep 1997, Jim Morris wrote:
> > 
> > > > I need an answer to this, in order to convince a company currently
> > running
> > > > Samba 1.9.17p1 on Linux 2.0.x to NOT switch to an NT server.
> > 
> > > If all you are depending on to convince this person is performance,
> > then
> > > perhaps you might give up now.

the performance of a samba server on non-shared files is about half that 
of an NT server, or indeed any lightly loaded equivalent SMB server that 
implements oplocks.

[note to techies: opportunistic locks - the client will ask for a
read/write lock on a file, in the hope that no-one else wants to share it. 
the client can then do what it likes, all locally]. 

the performance of a heavily loaded samba server has been demonstrated to 
be about twice that of an equivalent, heavily loaded NT server.

Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton (lkcl at
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