[Samba] Delay with printer properties

Martin Zielinski mz at seh.de
Wed Mar 15 08:25:42 GMT 2006

Hi Markus,

could you take a look at


and see, if this meets your problem.



Markus Korth wrote:
> Greetings Samba Fans!
> I'm experiencing a strange problem which started after installation of
> Service Pack 2 for Windows XP:
> When a user tries to print there is a long delay (sometimes around 2
> minutes) before the printer properties page is opened. This only affects
> Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed.
> I did a 'tcpdump' on the printserver and observed something quite strange:
> When opening the printer properties page with a Windows XP, SP1 system,
> something around 800 network packets travel between the client and the
> server. When doing the same with Service Pack 2 installed, 20.000-40.000
> packets are travelling through the wire. The additional packets all look
> the same:
> [TCP segment of a reassembled PDU]
> DCERCP Request: call_id: 7 opnum: 53  ctx_id....
> microsoft-ds > 1227 [ACK]  Seq=3937 Ack=....
> It looks like as if much data is travelling and segmented due to data
> size. If a reassemble one of this segment chains I get a packet with
> something around 170k data in it. And there are many of these packets...
> I tried different samba versions - from 2.2.8 to 3.0.x. I did setup a
> complete new printserver. Nothing helped.
> Printserver:
> OS: SuSE Linux 10.0
> Samba version: 3.0.2
> Client:
> Windows XP, SP2
> Any hints?
> Markus

Martin Zielinski             mz at seh.de
Software Development
SEH Computertechnik GmbH     www.seh.de

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