About 10 days ago I switched from a Red Hat 9.0 machine as my Samba server to Ubuntu. Ever since, things have been slow.
How do I mean, slow?
1st clue: previously, when I saved docs in OOo Writer, I would go ctrl-S and once every 4th or 5th time it would say it couldn't create a backup; now it is every time. So to save I have to go ctrl-S esc esc ctrl-S.
2nd clue: WinXP on login to the server times out before connecting the three drives it tries to connect--never before.
3rd clue: WinXp used to load directories instantly; now it takes 4-5 seconds.
There is some other weirdness too: when logged in to the server it reports the file owner and group as dean:1005. dean is the name of another user on this client machine, but rarely used. It should see it as doug:data, which is how the server sees it.
Also it used to see the files as
-rwxrwSrwt 1 root root 4.0K 2003-01-25 03:18 wgetrc
Now it sees them as
-rwxrwxrwx 1 dean data 99 1993-09-28 22:07 TEST.SDW
The new server: Ubuntu 6.06, Celeron D 2.53Ghz, one 200GB HDD, 6 months old.
The old server: RedHat 9.0, Celeron 2Ghz, one 80GB HDD with OS on it, one 120GB HDD with only data on it, at least 3 years old. Samba is at least that old.
So the question is, how can I speed up the Ubuntu samba? How would you troubleshoot this?
Some ideas I have not yet tried:
1. Remove all the commented lines from the smb.conf file.
2. Perhaps older versions of samba are just faster than the newer ones, and I should learn to live with it.
3. Perhaps there are some tweaks in samba that I need to learn about.
4. Copy over the old smb.conf file to the new system.
Where should I start? What is most likely to have a good payoff for time invested?