[OT-ish] nfs v. samba

Todd Slater dontodd at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 13:25:19 UTC 2005

I've been trying to come up with a system to share files in my home
network consisting of a desktop computer and a laptop, using a
wireless router. Both are Breezy, but I sometimes boot my laptop to
WindowsXP, but don't plan on needing to access files on my Breezy box
from XP.

I recently set up NFS to share files linux to linux. After mounting
the shared directory I tried transferring some files; the transfer was
incredibly slow. A folder of jpegs about 5.5 MB took well over 4
minutes. I say this is incredibly slow because when I ran Mandrake
(RIP) with samba, I could transfer a 700 MB file in like 6 minutes or
something (Windows and linux).

I've also tried scp/sftp, which is slower and seems kind of silly for
what I'm after anyway.

I googled a little and found a few threads about NFS being slower that
samba, but mine seems *really* slow. I'd consider running samba
instead of NFS, but for Breezy-Breezy that seems kind of silly, too. I
found reference to OpenAFS, but I'm afraid it might be a bit over my

Soooo, might I have a problem with the way NFS is set up that would
explain the slowness? Any recommendations for sharing files on my


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