Slow to browse files on MacOS Finder

I'm mounting my folder with this:

rclone mount files: "/Volumes/Server/mnt" \
  --cache-dir "/Volumes/Server/.cache" \
  --vfs-cache-mode writes \
  --vfs-cache-poll-interval 20m \
  --vfs-cache-max-age 8760h \
  --vfs-cache-max-size 1024G \
  --attr-timeout 8700h \
  --dir-cache-time 8760h \
  --poll-interval 30s \
  --allow-other \

Everything works great. I can browse the files very quickly through the terminal. However, when it comes down to Finder, it takes forever to load the files.

I know it's trying to get metadata (something like that) from every file and folder, which may take a while. I can't remember the option to disable it, so I can browse the files faster through Finder.

Any noble soul?


it could be that the finder wants the mod time.
you can try --no-modtime

or you can try to prime the mount.
as per this post from @VBB

rclone rc vfs/refresh recursive=true --fast-list -v

Add logging to the output and watch them as you browse in Finder vs Terminal. Finder often tries to make nice thumbnails and, for that, it needs to read the files. At least some of them. That can be really slowing things down.

What Finder view are you using? I general prefer the Miller Columns but when I am on a slower connection (e.g. network share, especially over a VPN), I use list-view.

What is your backend for files:. I am assuming it is bucket-based since you have --fast-list. Is it S3? I seem to recall that S3 needs an additional call for mod-times. Does anyone know if that is per-file? If so, that could really be costing you speed if Finder needs them as per someone else's comment.

In Terminal, what does ls -l speed look like?

as i understand it --fast-list does nothing on a mount.

I have a vague memory that you can tell macOS that a given file system is a network file system which might make it behave more sensibly. I can't remember how you do that though!

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