[CentOS] OT? File order on CentOS/Samba server

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Sun Jan 25 17:36:25 UTC 2009


Miguel Medalha wrote:
>> Filipe, it is possible it is taking so long to do a "sort" because when
>> doing it, it caches it on the client side of Distiller also + does it on the
>> Samba Server to. IE; Sorts on Both Sides.
>>
>>
>>   
> I tried it, several times, on a standalone Windows workstation and the 
> same happens.
> I am not saying that the sorting takes too much time; the whole process 
> takes too much time.
> 
> And please note that it also happens with the runfilex.ps code provided 
> by Adobe, which does not sort but instead presents Distiller with a list 
> of files to process, instead of letting it rely on the dir order. 
> Sorting is not the problem here.

Sounds like a bug in the program.  Maybe it runs a separate instance for 
  each page in that mode and doesn't release any memory until it is all 
finished.  On something smaller or less complex it might not make much 
difference, but if the memory use pushes into swap it will take much longer.

By the way, yet another really-contorted workaround would be to run 
VMware server or virtualbox (both free) on the centos box with a windows 
guest to get a reliable NTFS network drive.  If you have resources to 
spare on this server you could even run distiller there so you could 
shut down the workstations as soon as the final run starts.  It isn't 
the most efficient way to do things, but I've had some running that way 
for years with no unexpected problems.  The only inconvenience is that 
at least in the VMware server case on centos 5, whenever you update the 
kernel and reboot, you have to run a script that recompiles the vmware 
module before the guest will run.

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   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com


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