[Samba] Samba seems to pause for a long time and do nothing

Francis Galiegue fg at one2team.net
Sun Jun 24 15:02:38 GMT 2007

Le Sunday 24 June 2007 16:10:04 Peter Lappo, vous avez écrit :
> Hi,
> I have a problem with Samba (although it may be my hardware, I'm not sure).
> I have a Linux i386 Samba server that I use for storing music, pictures
> etc in a small home network which isn't that busy. When I stream music
> to my laptop I get periods of silence which coincide with periods of
> network inactivity. These can last up to 50 seconds and can be seen on
> both the Linux and PC performance monitors. I thought perhaps I was a
> running an old version of samba and tried to upgrade my Suse 9.2 box.
> Unfortunately this didn't work so I've just installed Fedora 7 core with
> version Samba 3.0.25a. However, the pausing problem is still there. I
> don't get this problem between Windows XP machines and the problem
> occurs with any Windows client. Note, I had to turn off SELinux to get
> samba to work.
> I was wondering if there are any config options I should be setting to
> improve performance?
> Or perhaps there are some diagnostic tools / extra logging to see what
> is happening?

What happens if you try and copy the whole music file to your WinXP client? Do 
you still observe pauses?

If not, try this:

* log in as root on your Samba server from your Windows PC (for example, using 
* type the command :

watch -n 1smbstatus

on the Samba server;
* play file.

In case your media player buffers the file, you may see that it opens it, 
reads some of it and then closes it - before opening it again. But opening a 
file is a time consuming operation, and that may explain part of the delay. 
50 seconds is a lot, though. Which leads to another question: how much time 
elapses between your asking the media player to play the file and the media 
player starting to play that file?

Francis Galiegue, fg at one2team.net
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