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When I am connected via a WEBDAV fs, my system slows to a crawl. It's not so bad in a browser or other software, but if I need to access files or use a file manager, everything is "click...wait 5/10 seconds...click...wait 5/10 seconds..."
Is this normal or is there something I can do to speed it up?
What are the mount option for the webdav connection? The system will do weird things if you have a hard mount over a intermittent connection. Trying connecting directly from your window manager. You should also consider using autofs if you need cli access to the webdav service.
I think I may have found the problem. I think the search index was trying to index the webdav folders, which would explain why it would be pretty slow. I've unselected the webdav folders, and we'll see how it goes. It's much faster now, but I'll see how it plays out over the next couple of days and report back.
I don't have any problems with webdav. I use davfs2. Remote drive is not needed for me are mounted any time. I just mount this only when it is really needed, and for this reason I use _netdev, noauto options in fstab.
Looks like that took care of about 90% of my problem. Dolphin & Thunar work great now when I am connected to webdav. The problem now occurs when I am copying files to webdav. Granted, for small files it's not that big of a deal, but with large files like 2+ GB, it can take a while before things return to normal...but much much better.
Turns out, after a couple of days/weeks it slowed down again. It still made any file manger just unbearably slow.
The real solution? Mounting WEBDAV folders outside of my home directory. Once I mounted it in /media/opendrive all the speed issues within my PC disappeared and it was only the speed of the service that was the issue.