Just-in-time mounts when following symlinks

David Collier-Brown davecb at Canada.Sun.COM
Fri Jun 5 11:53:37 GMT 1998

Albert Chin-A-Young wrote:
> The problem occurs when users descend into a directory with a list
> of symbolic links (such as \\samba\d418 above). When you descend
> into this directory, the Samba server will kick off the automounter
> in this directory and mount everything in /d418. This becomes a big
> problem when there are *many* symbolic links in a directory pointing
> to autmounted paths
        Before I open my big mouth, could someone on the list
        who's familiar with the algorithms used to avoid
        similar large-directory performance problems post
        a capsule description of what's being done now?

	I recollect discussion and patches here for MS clients
	stating and possibly reading material from large directories,
	causing somewhat pessimal behaviour (;-))

	Could someone enlighten us as to
                what the current optimizations are
                what the Microsoft client requires
        so that we might debate the what as well as the how?

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