Thank you for going through this and testing it out, it’s appreciated. I tried the minimal installation of 8.9 and went through the precise steps you’ve set out. I saw that a /etc/samba/smb.conf was already present on the fresh installation of the minimal install, but regardless of that, I repeated your
dnf install samba exactly.
It seemed exactly like the other installations I’ve tried — doing nothing without any response, but eventually I noticed that it is very very slow to present login credentials at the client end.and then again, very slow to authenticate, to the point that it is not usable. I tried a Windows server machine as a client, entering \ \192.168.0.119\smbshare for this test.
Then, when opening a simple text file that I had created at the server end, consisting of just a few bytes, the file required half a minute to open it.
I then tried using a recent installation of Manjaro Linux, using Dolphin file explorer. I use this system daily to open a Samba share on the old CentOS 7 server and it always works. For that I tried smb://192.168.0.119/smbshare. It eventually prompted for credentials. After entering them, it was just the same as the Windows system — extremely slow and unusable. For about a minute, it displayed “Loading folder”, shown here :
I was not able to connect at all from my old CentOS 7 server to the Rocky Samba server using the Gnome file manager. Normally this machine works daily for me when connecting to another CentOS server running Samba, but not with this Samba/Rocky 8.9 installation. It refused to respond, almost immediately coming back with the below message.
These tests are therefore from three machines, two are painfully slow to authenticate and totally unusable and one doesn’t work at all. To recap, they are
Window Server 2016 client — takes ages to display authentication prompt, then ages to proceed.
Manjaro Linux 21.2.5 KDE Dolphin file manager — exactly the same as Windows above, unusably slow.
CentOS Linux 7.6 old server that I use daily and always works with other Samba shares, won’t connect to Samba on Rocky at all.
All in all, something is not right with Samba now. I’m not a new user, as I’ve been operating with Samba on various Linux platforms for nearly ten years, across Windows clients and other Linux clients. Something’s gone wrong with it more recently. Any ideas? Thanks again for helping this far.