[Samba] Slow browsing through Windows Explorer

Russell Lavoie rlavoie at ncaustin.com
Tue Dec 30 15:43:50 GMT 2003

Are you running any other services on your network?  Lets say, Netware.
I have found a similar issue pointing at the Netware client.


-----Original Message-----
From: Curtis Strite [mailto:curtis at scdservices.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 4:12 AM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: [Samba] Slow browsing through Windows Explorer


I'm having a very strange problem with Samba version 2.2.7a.  I have
four boxes,  Two Linux Mandrake Boxes (Morpheus and Unreal both v. 9.2),
One RedHat (Link v. 8.0) and an XP Workstation (Kek XP Pro NO SP1).

When I bring up My computer (Explorer) and attempt to browse through the
H: drive (SMB Share mapped to Users Home dir on Morpheus), Y: drive (SMB
Share maped to /backup on Unreal)

It takes a veary, very long time to list the files on any of the mapped
samba drives.  It basically hangs the explorer.exe process.  I can bring
up the task manager, I can still toggle (Control + Tab) between other
apps that are open, but I cannot access my start menu or do anything
with the current explorer window that's reading the files form the

However with the task manager open I can launch a new task cmd.exe and
then fro the command prompt I can C:>H: change to the H: drive, do a
"dir" and list all the files, I can even dig down into sub dirs and list
files over the network, the whole time the explorer process appears to
be hung trying to list the files, just like I did in the command prompt

Then after about 4 or 5 mintues, everything comes back to normal, it
shows all the files in the explorer window, and then any clicking I did
like on the start menu or trying to move winodws while it was hung all
happens very quickly and then it's fine.  Until I try to access the
drive again in about 2 or 3 hours.

Sorry so long.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Curtis Strite
Director of Internet Services
7321 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
Suite 104
St. Louis, MO 63125
Office: 314-892-2100
Mobile: 314-280-8270
Email: curtis at scdservices.com
Website: www.scdservices.com

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