[Samba] Re: Performance issues

Ryan Wright ryanpwright at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 18:02:55 GMT 2005

*sigh*, I tried the suggestions without any luck. Does anyone have any
other ideas?

Some more data that might be helpful: When the video freezes, it
enters a "loop" - it will freeze for a few seconds, then play for a
few seconds, freeze again, etc. If I pause playback for a couple of
seconds and resume, it's normally fine from then on.

Maybe this just isn't a Samba issue and I need to be looking
elsewhere; but if I put the video files on a Windows share they play
back fine.


On 10/7/05, Ryan Wright <ryanpwright at gmail.com> wrote:
> List,
> I apologize for the "newbie" nature of this post; I am sure there is
> an easy answer somewhere, but I've tried all the search terms I can
> think up and can't find it.
> I have some video archived on a White Box 4 machine. I watch it on a
> Windows XP box in the other room by mapping a drive to a Samba share.
> Seemingly at random, my video stream will halt due to an inability to
> receive data from the server. If I pause for a few seconds and resume,
> everything is usually fine. This generally happens only once or twice
> per hour, but it's annoying.
> The video is not huge. We're talking ~350MB xvid files, 45 minutes
> each (compressed network TV shows). The Samba server used to be a
> Windows 2000 Server and the same video files worked perfectly from
> there. Network is gigabit on the server side, 100mbit on the client
> side - though even wireless should be able to stream these files.
> Virtually no traffic on the network (just my computers and they mostly
> sit idle unless I'm using them).
> I saw this problem again last night when copying ~10GB worth of files
> from another XP box to the Samba share. The copy stopped a couple of
> times, telling me the network path no longer existed, but after
> clicking OK I could still browse the share just fine. It's like an
> intermittant, very temporary glitch.
> Stats:
> White Box Linux 4 (kernel 2.6.9-5)
> Samba 3.0.10-1.4E
> Relevant smb.conf:
> [global]
>         workgroup = WRIGHT
>         netbios name = SATURN
>         server string = Saturn
>         security = domain
>         idmap uid = 15000-20000
>         idmap gid = 15000-20000
>         winbind use default domain = Yes
>         encrypt passwords = yes
>         password server = jupiter
> "jupiter" is a Win2k server & PDC.
> Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
> -Ryan

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