Thanks for the reply. Yes, I took it that you were copying a file from one server to another.
I tried a test myself. It seems that going through a graphical client, the data stream passes through the client so it can display the progress indicator.
I even used konqueror after sshing to a server, so the client was on the same machine. It might not be a samba issue but a GUI client issue. I realize I'm using a different client in this test, as I don't use Windows at all.
I'd suggest two experiments.
1) map the shares and copy the file in the terminal in the DOS terminal. E.G.
cp I:file J:file
2) ssh to the server and copy it, preceding the command with "time"
time cp dir1/file dir2/file
The time command will return the user and system time used executing the command.
The first test will still use Samba, but not a GUI client.
The second test won't use Samba.
Last edited by jschiwal; 04-17-2011 at 07:03 PM.