Tweaking Samba for Perfomance

Chris Watt cnww at
Fri Sep 17 15:06:26 GMT 1999

At 05:32 PM 9/17/99 +1000, you wrote:

>Does anybody knows a good reference for optimizing a Samba Server?

I was doing an install via Samba at an average speed of 908kB/s yesterday
evening and the target machine had an old ISA NE2000 clone in it. This is
about the best I've been able to get with 10mbit/s networking (at 100mbit/s
the Samba server actually appears to be faster than most local IDE drives).

As for references, well the obvious thing is:
1. Read the list archives, this has come up before (in fact I seem to
recall it came up earlier this month).
2. Read speed.txt in your samba docs directory.
3. As well as network settings be sure to tweak your hard disk settings
with hdparm, a little read-ahead goes a long way.
4. Make sure you have a reasonably clean LAN (i.e. the collision light(s)
on your hub(s) should be off pretty well all the time).

Who is this General Failure, and why is he reading my hard disk?

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