[Samba] large smb.conf file

Gerald (Jerry) Carter jerry at samba.org
Mon Oct 3 21:43:32 GMT 2005

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Bruno Ferreira wrote:
> Nathan Vidican wrote:
>> [snip]
>> Travis Knabe wrote:
>>> I have about 5000 distinct shares defined in my smb.conf file.  As
>>> you can imagine it's quite large.
>>> Everyone once in awhile all the smbd daemons ( in top ) go to a run
>>> state and pretty much bring the system to a halt.  The system is WAY
>>> oversized.  99.999% of the day samba runs fine.  We _THINK_ we've
>>> narrowed down the times when the smbd processes go crazy to a time
>>> when we're updating the smb.conf file.  Does this sound reasonable? 
>>> Is there a better way to create the neccessary shares?
>    I may be pointing out the obvious, but has he tried using the share
> copying commands in smb.conf so that Samba's parser doesn't have to read
> the definitions for each and every individual share?

I don't think it's actually the parser that's the problem
but the memory allocation and copying.

cheers, jerry
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