[CentOS] OT? File order on CentOS/Samba server -- SOLVED (kind of...)

Miguel Medalha miguelmedalha at sapo.pt
Fri Jan 23 19:43:59 UTC 2009

> http://code.google.com/p/samba-dirsort-vfs/
> Did you try that? I think someone recommended it to you.
Well, I did try to compile it but make fails on all the Linux computers 
I have access to. They all run CentOS 5.2. It would be nice to have a 
.rpm... I am a sysadmin, not a programmer, I am not able to solve most 
compile errors.
> (...) think your real problem lies in your processing software in
> the file ordering. I would have a really good look at the software doing it.

The problem lies in EXT3. I discovered that if I mv the files to another 
directory the files will then appear on the samba shares in 
alphanumerical order and will be processed by Acrobat Distiller 
accordingly. The move can even be done by Windows Explorer working on 
the Samba share.

This seems a bit strange to me. Why doesn't EXT3 present the files in 
alphanumerical order after they are first created one by one but then 
presents them alphanumerically after a bulk move to another directory?

Also, I connected a FAT32 formated USB flash drive to the server and 
directed Distiller to there. The files are correctly processed at the 
first trial. I suppose I will install a smallish FAT32 formated IDE disk 
on the server just for this purpose.

Thank you to all who answered my questions. We form a great community 

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