Samba vs NFS

Ow Mun Heng Ow.Mun.Heng at
Sat May 22 02:07:03 UTC 2004

On Fri, 2004-05-21 at 18:46, Christopher K. Johnson wrote:
> Ow Mun Heng wrote:
> >Hi Guys,
> >
> >	I have a problem. I want to access a shared directory over a WAN link.
> >
> >There are 2 methods available to me, NFS and Samba.
> >
> >Problem is the Client is a Linux Box, and somehow the idea of using
> >samba as a means to an end instead of NFS is a little bit weird (?).
> >
> >But anyway, I tried both and it seems that I have more success using
> >samba to mount the share rather than using NFS.
> >
> >NFS always reports a time-out connecting the server. Yes, there is a
> >200ms lag in ping times to the server box (WAN link)
> >
> >However, Samba seems to be able to handle it more gracefully than NFS.
> >
> >Ideas?? Comments??
> >
> >
> >  
> >
> You didn't indicate how the files are used, or what you mean by 
> access...  If realtime shared access to the same files are not necessary 
> then why don't you use sftp?  There is an option for compression that 
> would help, as well as only needing to open up ssh to make it work.  
> Alternatively rsync with the -e ssh option may meet your needs.

That is an option but not one which I would like to take.
I want to use it as a shared directory, one which I can read and write to at will.

DL'ing it from the server via HTTP / scp is quite fast ~50k/s but I have no idea why
it just feels so lagging via samba/nfs (worst in NFS)

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