URGENT REPOST: Maximum number of fil

rob.leadbeater at lynx.co.uk rob.leadbeater at lynx.co.uk
Mon Sep 24 04:20:03 GMT 2001

Hi Joel,

We essentially have the following directory structure:


For each day of the year we get in the region of 120,000 images, which are split down into 100 subdirectories to prevent their being too many files in one directory.

The directory /images is shared out as follows:

   comment = Imaging Files
   path = /images
   public = yes
   writable = yes
   printable = no
   browseable = no
   valid users = root

   comment = Imaging Files
   path = /images
   public = yes
   writable = no
   printable = no
   guest ok = yes

So essentially there is a read only copy of the images which any user can access as guest, and a hidden share which only one user - the processes which write out the images can write to...

I'm currently trying to work out whether we can change things so that we can share out each month as opposed to the whole lot, however that will probably mean an application rewrite.

I'm also copying all of the data over onto a RedHat 7.1 box, to see if the issue is confined to Tru64 Unix 4.0F.



 -----Original Message-----
From: Joel at HammersHome.com [SMTP:MIME :Joel at HammersHome.com]
Sent: Saturday, September 22, 2001 2:34 AM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: URGENT REPOST: Maximum number of files i

For my own education, why are you serving so many shares from one box?
Don't you get performance degradation just from that alone?
Is it 6.4 millions files in all shares or just in one share?
Could you set up shares to serve up fractions of the 6.4 millions files,
like a-d, e-h, etc? Why don't you set up separate servers? You could put
separate servers on the same box
if you want, with each server responsible for a fraction of the files.
Are there different classes of user?
Does each class of user need to access all six million files? If not,
configure samba to offer shares containing files needed by a particular
class of user, instead of all 6.4 million.

On Fri, Sep 21, 2001 at 01:48:36PM +0000, rob.leadbeater at lynx.co.uk wrote:
> Hi,
> > Is anyone out there using samba to share out over 6.4 million files ?
> We've just had our production system grind to a halt again when we hit
this, apparently samba, limitation.

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