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When I connect to windows servers (called PC-servers in OS X) getting the list of files in a directory is really slow (20-30s) in comparison to using a windows machine (<1s). Sometimes the files in a directory even disappear for a while! The network is not slow - copying files goes at 1Mbyte/s.

What can I do to improve this?

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If you are using the Finder then try with another file manager or try run a ls in the terminal. Let us know if you are experiencing the same kind of delays using the command line.

Some good alternative file manager are muCommander and Midnight Commander. Try both.

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I can't install mc without root access, so I could only try muCommander. Directory listings are blazing fast indeed, but filetransfers are really slow now (136k/s vs 1Mb/s in finder....). –  Anton Sep 18 '10 at 14:23
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...and muCommander can only copy files, not open them for editing. Bummer. –  Anton Sep 18 '10 at 15:09
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I was able to speed up the directory listing by mounting shares via the command line, like this:

mount -t smbfs //user@server/sharename share

Where share is a directory in my home directory.

Somehow this is faster than mounting in the finder. Or is it ADmitMac slowing stuff down?

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