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Speeding up CIFS on OSX

January 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Occasionally I have the need to pull files from a Mac Mini to a Windows PC, the easiest way would be via networked file system – CIFS. However I’ve always noticed poor throughput when I’ve tried to transfer anything but a small file.

A little bit of research and I found this thread on SMB/CIFS browsing slow with folders with many files . While not entirely my problem, I noticed the following tidbit, to add

socket options = TCP_NODELAY IPTOS_LOWDELAY

To the /etc/smb.conf file, so I gave it a try. Voila! worked like a charm, transfers are much speedier now.

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