Black hole shares
Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton
lkcl at switchboard.net
Thu Mar 26 10:50:02 GMT 1998
On Thu, 26 Mar 1998, Dan Shearer wrote:
> Microsoft Office (and other Windows packages) wants to write to
> ridiculous files that it has no reason to, system DLLs, its own .EXEs and
> the like. This is what makes it so very hard to run Office from a network
> server, NT or any other. There are ways, but they are all very nasty.
dan, we run microtoss office's word 97 at the cafe. i copied the
necessary files until it worked. i _haven't_ registered the dlls, but the
entire share is definitely read-only.
we just put up with the "do you want to save normal.dot"? no
[substitute-swear-word-of-your-choice] way, when you exit.
> What about a new share property that let any number of users open any
> number of files for writing in any byte range (or even any number of
> exclusive file locks) but nothing was ever actually written? Have to do
> some audits first on what really is happening but its just an idea I was
> throwing around with Richard Sharpe.
this would be interesting to investigate. a "fake write" option :-)
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