[Samba] copying from Win to Linux

Brian Spiegel BSpiegel at Matchnet.com
Thu Jan 15 19:05:29 GMT 2004

Thanks, Rashkae.

I have ReiserFS installed on two 18GB SCSI 10k drives with RAID 1.  I think
this should be sufficient.  But if there's a performance improvement on the
networking end between Samba 2.x and 3.x, I'd like to consider it.

And yes, the files will potentially be in the tens of thousands at any given
time (it's basically a large-scale email solution).


-----Original Message-----
From: Rashkae [mailto:rashkae at tigershaunt.com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 10:51 AM
To: Brian Spiegel
Subject: Re: [Samba] copying from Win to Linux

If there are a large number of these small files (in the thousands),
you'll most deffinately want a ReiserFS filesystem.  A well tuned FS
will make more of a performance difference.  I haven't tested JFS or
XFS in this scenario, but EXT just can't handle writing a large number
of small files in a single directory.

On Thu, Jan 15, 2004 at 10:22:41AM -0800, Brian Spiegel wrote:
> As a related follow-up to Tarjei's question:
> I too am going to be copying large amounts of files from a Windows
> server to a Linux box running Samba.  The files range from 2K to 30K
> (sometimes upwards of 50K).  The files are being copied basically as fast
> they can be generated (by separate applications) and transferred over the
> wire.
> I currently have a Samba 2.2.3a-12.3 (the Debian stable package)
> but I'm considering installing 3.0.0 or 3.0.1.  I've heard that Samba 3.0
> and above have definite advantages in speed over 2.x.x.
> My question is this:  Can anyone discuss the performance difference
> Samba 3 and 2 in quantitative terms or point me to web sources that do?
> Specifically in a situation where files (averaging around 30K in size) are
> being copied across the network from a Windows 200x machine to a Linux
> The files, once written, will be read by a single Linux process only.  No
> Windows server will be accessing the files once they're copied over.
> Any information would be greatly appreciated.  I need to make a decision
> today.
> Thanks,
> Brian
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tarjei Huse [mailto:tarjei at nu.no] 
> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 4:14 AM
> To: samba at samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] copying from Win to Linux
> Hi, I'm about to migrate a lot of files from a windows server to a new, 
> shiny samba-server.
> I just got a small problem : What is the best way to do this?
> I'e tried rsync, but it croaks on some files with names like "somethign 
> :some.eml" the same does cp.
> What I'm wondering about, is has anyone else had these problems, and if 
> so, how did you solve them? Do you have a script for cleaning out 
> characters like this one?
> Tarjei
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