[Samba] poor samba performance with many smaller files

Peter Bulin bulin.peter at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 19:44:57 UTC 2016

I need to to open existing readonly files. Yes you are right, not the open
call takes the time, but stat() system call.
I looked at aio_pthread source, the lines which needs to be removed to make
it work are just the lines which tests for O_CREAT|O_EXCL? What problems
can cause such solution for readonly share?

On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 8:42 PM, Jeremy Allison <jra at samba.org> wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 03:49:44PM +0200, Peter Bulin wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have problem with my samba. I have shared folder which contains many
> > smaller files (few MB each), this files are stored on very fast disk
> array.
> > Locally, from that machine I can read this files in parallel with speed
> > about 500-1000 MB/s, but when I read them through samba, I get only
> 50-100
> > MB/s on a 10 gigabit network. I tried to find the problem, so I analyzed
> > strace logs and found out, that files are open synchronous and it takes
> > about 15 ms to open one file, so most of the time is spend with openings
> of
> > files. Now my question is if I can do somethings about that, is there
> some
> > settings which turns on asynchronous open of files?
> If you're on Linux then use the module vfs_aio_pthread
> and set "aio_pthread:aio open = true"
> This makes open(O_CREAT|O_EXCL) calls async on Linux
> only (as it allows per-thread credentials).
> If it's opening existing files then this module
> currently doesn't help (although removal of a
> couple of lines of code would make it work).
> Are you *sure* it's the open() calls that
> take the time ? Or is it file name lookups ?

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