[Samba] OT? File order on CentOS/Samba server -- FINALLY SOLVED

Miguel Medalha miguelmedalha at sapo.pt
Sat Jan 24 21:54:13 GMT 2009

I just turned dir_index OFF with tune2fs. Now the directory order is the 
same as the inode order.

This makes the order of files predictable and in fact turns out to solve 
my problem.

With dir_index turned OFF on that filesystem, when a copy is made to 
another directory (even from Windows on a Samba share) the alphanumeric 
order is preserved. I will just ask the workstation operators to copy 
the PS files to a new folder when they are all ready.
Distiller is watching that folder and will process the files in the 
normal way, using the rundirex file.

This solution is even better than the initial situation: since we can 
now predict the order in which the pages will be processed, we can 
manipulate the order at will by doing multi-phased copies to the folder, 
in any order we want, instead of being limited to the alphanumeric one 
provided by NTFS :-)

So "dir_index ON" (and my ignorance of the inner workings of EXT3) was 
to blame for this confusion, from the beginning!

What a trip this was (sometimes in circles)! Thank you very much to all 
who contributed!
Great community!

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