Problems With WinWord mail merge, opening and closing files

Jeremy Allison jallison at
Fri Jul 17 17:07:19 GMT 1998

Richard Sharpe wrote:

> today I encountered a problem at a customer site with Samba 1.9.19p1alpha2.
> The customer was using mail merge, and when they tried to use it, Word
> complained that a file was locked by someone else.  The user was sure that
> no one else had that file open.
> We checked, and indeed, it as not open for anyone else, and there were no
> other locks on it, except for one owned by the user.
> I then got a trace of the whole process, from staring up word and opening
> the file.
> It seems that mail merge opens the file for reading and then closes it and
> reopens it again quickly.  I have not looked carefully at the trace or the
> code yet, but is it possible that Samba is getting confused with the open
> happening quickly after the close?

That shouldn't be able to happen. The close will flush all
knowledge of the file from Samba (oplocks, share modes etc.)

Do you have a debulg level 10 log ?



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