Samba Server Memory Requirements
Gerald W. Carter
cartegw at Eng.Auburn.EDU
Tue Feb 24 14:05:05 GMT 1998
> Does anyone know what the server memory requirements are for a Samba
> process? Is it determined by the size of a share or some other
> The reason I am asking is because I need to determine if an Ultra Sparc
> 1 has enough memory to serve 200+ clients. Currently we have 128Mb of
> Any comments would be appreciated.
There is one smbd process per user connected ( not per share ). Total
size is ~2Mb total including swap ( ~1Mb working set ).
I am running about 100 client ( ~one-half connected simultaneously ) on
a Sparc Ultra Enterprise 1 w/6Mb RAM with no problems. Also running ~50
simultaneous connections on a dual 50MHz Sparc 10 with 128 Mb RAM with
Are all 200 connecting concurrently? Experience has shown here that one
faculty desktops, only about one-half on the client are currently
connected at a time. You may want to look at the 'dead time' parameter
in smb.conf if there will be a lot of idle time on the client side.
Gerald ( Jerry ) Carter
Engineering Network Services Auburn University
jerry at eng.auburn.edu http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/cartegw
"...a hundred billion castaways looking for a home."
- Sting "Message in a Bottle" ( 1979 )
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