Fixing slow macOS finder connection to Linux Samba server
As a bonus, this will also enable searching on Samba too.
I have a external HDD plugged into a Raspi which acts as a seed box of some kind. The files are served with Samba. The problem was:
- Listing large amount of file in a directory takes ages.
- Search doesn’t work at all, it just got stuck at “Searching”.
- Transfer speed was very slow.
After much searching, the fix is quite simple actually.
First, SSH into the server with
$ ssh serverIp
Then edit the Samba config by typing
$ vim /etc/samba/smb.conf
Once it is open add these lines to your particularly slow Samba shares:
vfs objects = fruit fruit:aapl = yes fruit:encoding = native fruit:locking = none fruit:metadata = stream fruit:resource = file
Lastly restart the server with
$sudo service smbd restart
Now the listing large directory should be pretty fast, search should work as normal and transfer speed should be around 10x faster.