Samba caching directory handles? (Writes to incorrect home dir)

Richard Sharpe sharpe at
Tue May 15 13:03:52 GMT 2001

At 05:06 AM 5/15/01 -0700, Andrew Tridgell wrote:
>> What I am wondering is if samba does any caching of directory handles or
>> the like, and whether samba could be mis-translating //servername/homes
>> to the wrong user, using the directory from a previous user.  Is this at
>> all possible?  
>don't use \\server\homes, use \\server\USERNAME instead. NT caches
>connections by share name. It does this even *after* the user logs off
>the client. You can only tell its happening by looking in smbstatus
>and seeing that the client has kept the connection open.
>I wonder, should we bight the bullet and finally get rid of
>\\server\homes ? It will break a lot of systems, but it will also save
>a lot of anguish.

If we do this, we should give people lots of warning.

Richard Sharpe, sharpe at
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