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Old 12-15-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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smbclient much faster then smbmount/ nautilus/ dolphin ???

I have a sambaserver running opensuse 11.2 and a gigabit network. Downloading files with smbclient is twice as fast than using nautilus or dolphin smbmount (smbfs) (66MByte/s against 30MB/s). I tried with a ubuntu 9.10 and opensuse 11.2 client. Same with upload (30 against 20). When I use instead an Ubuntu server - the same :-(
Generally performance with Samba is unsatisfying. With FTP I get + 100MB/s in both directions. I do not use Jumbo packets (switch can not handle those).

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Think about how smbclient works, and how nautilus and other file managers work. smbclient mounts an SMB share somewhere in the local directory. Nautilus, et. al., use a virtual filesystem (GVFS and FUSE), and 'mount' the samba share there. This is the main difficulty, and does pose some slowdown issues. For most everyday apps, this is not a problem, but you are in a vey particular position. I would suggest using smbclient in a script to do the heavy lifting, and nautilus only for browsing.

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thanks for that answer, so I already got a hint.
smbclient mounts an SMB share somewhere in the local directory
when I use smbclient it opens a ftp like console and does not mount - I would be happy if it would mount. When I use smbmount the performance drops.


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