[Samba] Re: People with applications needing directories containing largenumbers of files.

John Caldwell jcaldwell at ridgways.com
Thu Feb 3 14:17:52 GMT 2005

Hello guys/gals,
    Could you guys please remove this email address from your list. Even
though I am Linux junkie myself and the topics are interesting, this is my
new work email address and I am being forwarded email from the account of
the previous Network Admin who is no longer here.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeremy Allison" <jra at samba.org>
To: <samba at samba.org>
Cc: <jra at samba.org>; <samba-technical at samba.org>
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 8:38 PM
Subject: People with applications needing directories containing
largenumbers of files.

> I've been working (inspired by James Peach of SGI) on the
> problem of using Samba3 with applications that need large
> numbers of file (100,000 or more) per directory.
> I think the current code in SVN in the SAMBA_3_0 branch
> may hold the fix for this problem, so I'd like to request
> people who need this functionality to give it a try.
> The key was fixing the directory handling to read only
> the current list requested instead of the old (up to 3.0.11)
> behaviour of reading the entire directory into memory before
> doling out names. Normally this would have broken OS/2
> applications which have *very* strange delete semantics :-),
> but by stealing logic from Samba4 (thanks tridge) I think
> the current code in SVN handles this correctly.
> So here's how to set up an application that needs large
> number of files per directory in a way that doesn't damage
> performance.
> Firstly, you need to canonicalize all the files in the
> directory to have one case, upper or lower - take your
> pick (I chose upper as all my files were already upper
> case names). Then set up a new custom share for the
> application as follows :
> [bigshare]
>         path = /home/jeremy/tmp/manyfilesdir
>         read only = no
>         default case = upper
>         preserve case = no
>         short preserve case = no
> Of course, use your own path and settings, but set the
> case options to match the case of all the files in your
> directory. The path should point at the large directory
> needed for the application - any new files created in
> there and in any paths under it will be forced by smbd
> into upper case - but smbd will no longer have to scan
> the directory for names - it knows that if a file doesn't
> exist in upper case then it doesn't exist at all.
> So please give this a test if you have problems with
> Samba and large sized directories. Remember this is in SVN code
> only, it isn't in the 3.0.11 pre releases or rc candidates,
> as we need to ensure this new code is correct. If you
> can help me test it it'll be in 3.0.12 (security problems
> notwithstanding :-).
> Cheers,
> Jeremy.

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