[Samba] Make CIFS look like NFS

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Mon Jun 8 22:08:22 GMT 2009

On Mon, Jun 08, 2009 at 06:00:52PM -0400, Edward Ned Harvey wrote:
> > > NFS is a more native network filesystem for unix machines, so it
> > really only makes sense to use samba if you have some compelling reason
> > not to use NFS.  Do you have some reason NFS would be bad in this case?
> > >
> > I had tried NFS previously - and didn't enjoy it.  I had numerous
> > lockups.  Samba appeared to provide a much more fault-tolerant
> > environment.  I will admit it's possible there were physical
> > connectivity issues that have since been corrected.
> That sheds a whole new light on it - you're definitely going about this
> wrong, if you are doing unix-to-unix filesharing and you expect cifs to be
> better than nfs...  You should instead concentrate your effort on
> configuring NFS right.  If it's configured right, NFS is the more resilient
> protocol.  You can even reboot the NFS server in the middle of file
> operations, and there will be no problem (just a delay) on the client.

The same is true of a Samba server, as the clients are usually
coded to do reconnects correctly (remember they originally were
designed to work only with Windows servers :-).


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