Samba on RHEL 5.4 opens read only msoffice docs

Inderpal Singh BAWA inderpal.bawa at
Wed Jun 29 10:22:56 MDT 2011

Hi! Richard

Thanks for ur mail but we are not using GPFS cluster these are just NFS shares for sharing unix data on windows desktops.



From: Richard Sharpe [realrichardsharpe at]
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 7:10 PM
To: Inderpal Singh BAWA
Cc: samba-technical at
Subject: Re: Samba on RHEL 5.4 opens read only msoffice docs

On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 6:43 AM, Inderpal Singh BAWA
<inderpal.bawa at> wrote:
> Hello Support
> We are facing this strange issue of Samba running on RHEL 5 update 4 that any ms word/excel doc opens as read
> only mode(pop-up says it is locked for reading by another user whereas that is not the case) and also the performance is too slow.
> It was previously working fine on RHEL update 8.
> Appreciate ur help in giving the possible direction for solution.

Are you running Samba on a GPFS cluster with the GPFS vfs by any
chance? There is a bug in the GPFS vfs that has those symptoms if you
store the DOS attributes in XATTRs ... it is fixed in 3.5.9 I believe
but still exists up to 3.5.8 (I think).

Richard Sharpe

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