[Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?

Terry L. Eleiott teleiott at tke-companies.com
Tue Jun 8 17:10:19 GMT 2004


1.   Which release of AutoCAD are you using?

2.   Are the support files for AutoCAD on the client or the server?

3.   Are you using cups?

4.   Is it true that your plotter settings are not being saved with the
drawing?  Was this true when you were using a windows server?

5.   Normally when AutoCAD is opening the print dialog box in an existing
drawing, it is trying to find the printer that was used by the last session
of Autocad. If it can't find that printer, it produces the printer "none".
Are you loading your printers from the server such that each client has the
identical printer name?

6.   Are the network directories being used by AutoCAD the same as being
used by the other programs that don't exhibit the long save times?

We use AutoCAD 2000, 2002, & 2004 with RH E3.0 and Samba 3.0.2-6.3E with no
delays in saving or printing and have achieved better performance than the
previous W2k server.  With a little more information we might be able to
assist in finding the bottleneck.


-----Original Message-----
From: samba-bounces+teleiott=tke-companies.com at lists.samba.org
[mailto:samba-bounces+teleiott=tke-companies.com at lists.samba.org] On Behalf
Of Bob Turner
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 10:45 AM
To: 'Brian Merrell'; samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: RE: [Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?


I might suggest a couple of setting changes on your XP machines:

1) Open services and stop/disable Web Client
2) Open windows explorer, go to tools>folder options, click the View tab,
and uncheck the "Automatically search for network folders and printers"

(I'm assuming Windows XP Professional on these settings)

Restart and try your printers again.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Merrell [mailto:beantoo at tristatesurvey.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 9:50 AM
To: samba at lists.samba.org
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?

Thanks for your response Jerry.

Yes.  These are all windows XP machines.  We have about four printers here
in the office (all HP hehe).  Only two computers have McAfee Firewalls
installed, the rest do not have firewalls.  We are on a 100 mbps ethernet
with a 16 port hub.  Nothing too fancy.

AutoCad is a strange beast.  No matter what printer you have set up as your
default printer, when you click the print icon or give the print command,
AutoCad comes up with no printer selected in the print dialog, and the user
selects the plotter each time (although you can save your print selections
for each drawing).  I have even tried setting the default printer to the
"PDF distiller" and it still takes the same ammount of time for the print
dialog to come up.

However, I was just tinkering with the print settings and noticed that the
print dialog comes up normally some times.  i.e. If you click cancel on the
print dialog and then hit the print icon again quickly, it seems to come up

The other mysterious problem is the time it takes to save.  I just saw a guy
behind me try to save a drawing and it took about 20 seconds.  Something
that never happened before when the files were hosted on an older windows XP
machine with a heavier load.

I'm all out of ideas and really don't want to go back to windows.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gerald (Jerry) Carter" <jerry at samba.org>
To: "Brian Merrell" <beantoo at tristatesurvey.com>
Cc: <samba at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2004 8:27 AM
Subject: Re: [Samba] Samba just Slow with AutoCad?

> Hash: SHA1
> Brian Merrell wrote:
> | No good.  It's still amazingly slow.  It seems to perform
> | just fine until the user tries to print.  There is a huge
> | delay before the print dialog comes up, and when the user
> | tries to save there is another huge delay.  The
> | problem seems to be only with AutoCad.
> Sorry I'm late on this thread.
> Are these XP clients?  Do the clients have a
> active firewall installed.  If the delay is only
> when printing, it is probabl either
> (a) a very chatty printer driver, or
> (b) timeouts when the client tries to
> ~    open a print change notify handle.
> cheers, jerry
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