[Samba] Performance Question: Lots of Small Files vs One Large File

Ralph Boehme slow at samba.org
Tue Oct 6 18:39:33 UTC 2020

Am 10/6/20 um 7:49 PM schrieb Robert Buck via samba:
> In an architecture where we have Samba running on RHEL exposing shares to
> Windows, when we have 1 large 1GB file, the write performance to storage is
> very fast, even over distances of 5000 miles. However, even writes to local
> Samba servers, with 100 10MB files being copied onto a shared drive,
> Windows Explorer is MUCH slower. I don't know if it's really Samba, but
> more than likely Windows.
> Does anyone on channel have experience with copying multiple small files
> onto shares? Are there any ways to make copying files onto a share faster?

to save you a lot rocking back and forth, yes, small files workloads
will be slower. The smaller, the slower... :)


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