[Samba] Printing Slow-down with Samba 3.5.1

John Welch jwelch at brosco.com
Thu Apr 1 07:28:34 MDT 2010

----- "Karolin Seeger" <kseeger at samba.org> wrote:

> Hu John,
> On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 02:27:54PM -0400, John Welch wrote:
> > We have a Windows 2003 Active Directory environment with a mixture
> of Windows 2000/2003 and Linux (CentOS 4/5) / Samba servers.  The
> Samba versions on some of the Linux machines are getting a little old
> (3.0 and 3.2) and we are starting to introduce Windows 7 in our
> environment, so I thought now might be a good time to upgrade.  On a
> fully patched CentOS 5 test machine I upgraded to Samba 3.5.1 using
> the packages from the sernet repos.  For the most part things seem OK,
> except that I've noticed a great deal of latency when trying to print
> (CUPS) to a printer shared on the test Samba 3.5.1 machine.  Any type
> of task involving this printer (viewing properties, selecting the
> printer, actually printing a document) takes at least a few seconds
> longer than it used to.  
> > 
> > In investigating this problem I didn't really see anything relevant
> in the Samba logs, but for each printing task I do I see messages like
> the following repeated several times in the CUPS logs:
> > 
> > I [31/Mar/2010:12:38:12 -0400] cupsdCloseClient: SSL shutdown
> successful!
> > 
> > I'm guessing this might have something to do with the new Samba
> "cups encrypt" parameter.  However, the default is supposed to be
> "no", so I'm not sure why I'm seeing these "SSL" messages.  I even
> tried explicitly setting the parameter to "no" in my smb.conf file,
> but this had no effect.  All the printing tasks do eventually work (or
> at least from what I've found so far), but the extra time involved to
> complete the tasks is an annoyance.
> > 
> > Backing off to 3.4 series (3.4.7) fixes the problem, so it
> definitely seems to be a 3.5 thing.  I have no problem upgrading to
> 3.4.x instead of the 3.5 series, at least for now.  But just wondering
> if I've maybe missed a configuration change that needs to be made
> either to Samba or CUPS to fix this issue.
> > 
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> this might be related to bug
> https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6727
> (will be fixed in Samba 3.5.2.).
> Cheers,
> Karolin

Hi Karolin,

Thanks for pointing me to the direction of this bug.  However, unless I'm reading things wrong I'm not sure this bug applies to my situation.  It seems to indicate that this bug exists in the 3.4.x series, and at least in my test environment 3.4.7 seems fine.  It is only 3.5.1 where I am seeing the problem.  Also, this bug talks mostly about issues going into the Properties for a printer, while my slow down happens whenever I do anything with the printer (properties page, select printer from drop-down, actually printing a document, etc.).

Thanks again,

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