I've done a lot of googling on this, but I've not really found any conclusive answers.
Basically, when I mount a samba share from another machine, Lion goes crazy. I can see from iStat menus that network (wireless) usage varies wildly from 300KB/s, right up to 6/7 MB/s, but my CPU usage doesn't spike at all. When this is happening the laptop is almost unusable, clicking something can take 30 seconds for a response. I thought that this was something to do with Spotlight trying to index the share, but I've since tried it with Spotlight completely disabled, and it still happens. I've left the laptop on overnight in the hope that whatever process is causing this would finish, but to no avail. Even when the network usage stops, the laptop is still very unresponsive.
It's driving me nuts and it means I can't access my files without having to ftp in instead.
Specs: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Late 2011 Core i7 15", 4GB RAM
edit: tried replicating the problem by mounting the home folder on the target machine, but that didn't cause the same issues. The home folder only has ~10 files in it.
Is there any way I can monitor what's heading out across my network card to the server? I suppose I could use Wireshark to log the data, but I'm gonna end up with a lot of extraneous information.
after using the suggestion by Seth Noble below, i see a LOT of this:
23:21:39 read 0.000009 GeekTool 23:21:39 read 0.000001 GeekTool 23:21:39 fcntl 0.000002 GeekTool 23:21:39 fcntl 0.000001 GeekTool 23:21:39 close 0.000001 GeekTool 23:21:39 getdirentries64 0.005762 W Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1884.JPG 0.000024 Finder 23:21:39 PAGE_IN_ANON 0.000015 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1730.JPG 0.000011 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1668.JPG 0.000009 Finder 23:21:39 PAGE_IN_ANON 0.000010 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1852.JPG 0.000010 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1883.JPG 0.000009 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1737.JPG 0.000009 Finder 23:21:39 PAGE_IN_ANON 0.000014 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1892.JPG 0.000009 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1843.JPG 0.000008 Finder 23:21:39 getattrlist m 28-11-2008/IMG_1838.JPG 0.000008 Finder
I have something like 50k+ photos on the share and that would appear to be some of them.