I have a situation where under some circumstances it is advantageous for
Samba Shares to have "Oplocks = Yes" (the Samba default) whereas in
other circumstances it is disadvantageous.

For instance, with Oplocks enabled, when I mount a share on a Linux box
with "mount -t cifs", when an application writes to the share, I
typically see long delays from the time a file starts getting written by
the application and the time data actually starts traveling across the
network. With Oplocks enabled, it seems that data is cached in local RAM
until the RAM gets too full, and then there is a rush to transfer the
data to its intended destination.

I can counteract this behavior on Linux by mounting the share with the
option "mount -t cifs -o,directio". Reading the man pages for
mount.cifs, it seems that the "directio" option causes the Linux samba
client to bypass any caching in local RAM either for reads or writes.

Can someone explain to me what the interaction is between these two
settings -- Oplocks on the Samba Server and "directio" on a Linux
client? Will "directio" completely disable the effect of Oplocks on the
Linux client?

Andy


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