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We have a RHEL server running as a Samba server for our Windows network which has been running fine for ages. All of a sudden this morning one specific folder became really slow and sometimes inaccessible. It's the /home/ directory (containing all of the user specific stuff, like their windows desktops, documents etc). It's not only really slow over the network, but when I try to use ls to view the directory it just hangs.

I'm getting loads of messages like the following in /var/log/messages:

Mar 20 09:53:32 zeus smbd[32378]: [2012/03/20 09:53:32, 0] smbd/service.c:set_current_service(184) 
Mar 20 09:53:32 zeus smbd[32378]:   chdir (/opt/shares/home/tim.rosser) failed 

What could be causing this slowness with Samba?

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Not sure what was causing it, but a restart (last resort I know, but another guy did it) has fixed it, at least for now. Accessing the directory both locally and over the network is working fine. – Tim Rosser Mar 21 '12 at 23:54

Check the filesystem on the disk with fsck and the disk itself with smartctl, this might be a corrupted file system.

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