[Gluster-users] not sure how to troubleshoot SMB / CIFS overload when using GlusterFS

Ken Randall rushian85 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 18:52:18 UTC 2011

Anand, Whit, and Joseph,

I appreciate your help very, very much.  Anand's assertion about Samba doing
string comparisons was spot on.  And Whit's suggestion to change the
smb.conf to make it be case sensitive did the trick.  I am also forcing
"default case = lower" and "preserve case = no" in smb.conf to make sure
everything stays lower-case going in.

With those changes in place, I believe I can hear a song in the back of my
head, "It's a whole new world..."

On the web app side we will be writing a request handler that will
automatically lower-case any requests coming in, so any referenced images
and files will work no matter the casing specified.  (I've noticed that not
many Linux hosted sites and SaaS platforms handle casing well, not sure

We will have some users complain about case sensitivity not being maintained
on their files, but I think that the huge win for us being able to use
GlusterFS is worth it.  There are no great Windows solutions for
ever-expandable storage, and we're well past the published limitations of
Windows DFS-R.  DFS-R is an amazing, refined piece of technology, but it is
a solution for a different kind of problem.

Thanks again, guys, I never would have navigated to this solution without

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