[Samba] Mac OS Mavericks über slow

Bob Miller bob at computerisms.ca
Tue Sep 2 10:50:04 MDT 2014

I have encountered this problem myself, and when used over a vpn the
problem becomes exponentially worse in proportion to higher ping times.
The problem is, at least according to all the effort I have poured into
solving the problem, within finder itself.  There is some funkiness to
the way finder uses the meta data of a file that just plain makes it
slow when browsing SMB shares.  

On one network I manage that has about 15 macs on it, we have found that
installing DAVE makes a fair difference.  to be clear, it doesn't make
it fast like a windows machine, but it at least brings it up to
comparable for small directories and usable for large ones (though there
are no directories with 4,000 items in them).  I tried some alternate
file browsers too, with mixed results; the network users haven't found
DAVE bad enough at this point to experiment, though.

My preference would be to either dump finder or dump SMB, but in my
experience both of those create more problems than they solve.  I would
be interested to hear what you end up doing... 
Bob Miller	
867-334-7117 / 867-633-3760

On Tue, 2014-09-02 at 11:29 +0200, chris tillian wrote:
> Hi guys,
> we are running a fileserver for a company with ~10 Mac OS Mavericks (not all up to date).
> The Samba server is running on Centos 5 with official Samba from Centos.
> We see big big lagging while browsing the fileserver. Some directories du to the activy of the company contains more than 4000 files (small one).
> Everything is fine if we connect with Windows or Linux machine, but with Mac Os it's a nightmare with smb.Sometimes it takes more than 5 minutes to open a directory.
> We've tried sshfs wich work seamlessly considering speed. But we would like to stick with SMB (feature wise)We've tuned anything we could within the server configuration without any results, same with the client side googling what we could.We've also try, latest Fedora and latest Samba, even Ubuntu without any results.
> Since few days, and for few Mac we see same problem even in directories with few files in it.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> C.

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