Samba and Adobe Illustrator locking issues.
yoknfs at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 20:29:05 UTC 2020
I have a strange case of lost updates with the Adobe Illustrator .ai files
samba server. I am writing this to validate my findings and ask if there
known workaround to this issue.
The samba version is 4.9.5 running on debian 10.x and clients are multiple
The customer reports an issue with multiple users working on .ai files.
the use case -
User A - edits a file test.ai and saves the changes
User B - opens the file and expects the changes to be present in the file.
(almost immediately). So, they are not co-editing, but opening the files in
However, it turns out that User B cannot see the changes.
On the client side, finder shows that one or more '.tmp' files are getting
created when a user saves the .ai file. These .tmp files sometimes go away
other times stay till the user disconnects the share.
Network caps indicate that the application does **not** use oplocks/leases.
UserA writes to the test.ai file and the application writes the updates to
UserB has their finder open and obtains a lock on the .tmp file. Now, when
tries to rename the file from xyz.tmp to the test.ai file, since UserB has
this operation does not go through. In a way this is a deadlock as UserB
to open the file to see the updated content, but it cannot do so, since it
the resource and that prevents UserA from updating the content.
Experimentation and results
In order to verify this hypothesis and cater to the customer case, we
renaming the locking.tdb without restarting the daemon. This addresses the
Obviously, if we take out the locking component, there is always potential
of simultaneous users overwriting each others data.
I experimented with the locking = No, and checked with smbstatus, but with
enabled, I see that a .pdf file shows as locked in output of smbstatus
So I conclude that the samba process internally acquires the advisory lock
Is there a more elegant way of turning off the locking than just renaming
locking.tdb ? We do not use clustered mode and will probably never support
Are there any such cases seen in the field in your knowledge ?
Is there a tried and tested solution to this issue ?
Thanks and regards,
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