ms word 97 problems

Todd Pfaff pfaff at
Fri Jan 7 19:20:57 GMT 2000

please reply to me directly and i'll summarise answers to the list (i wish
people would make a habit of this - it would help reduce the volume on
this list and make searching for answers easier).

samba server running samba-2.0.6
windows nt 4 + sp6 running ms word 97

i have a share on the samba server defined as:

path = /some/path
valid users = @somegroup
write list = @somegroup
force group = somegroup
create mask = 0770
directory mask = 0770

people in group somegroup are writing shared word documents in this share.
ownerships and permissions seems to be working fine.  new documents can be
created.  however, some of the users regularly experience problems opening
or re-saving documents.  often they have to re-save a document with a new
name, and then replace the old document with the new using using a file
manager of unix shell.  but sometimes this creates further problems and
when they subsequently open the same document it is opened as read-only.


any ideas about the cause of these problems?

are other people having problems with word 97 and samba servers?

would i be better of with a newer version of word?

are there any patches or service packs for word 97 that fix problems,
particularly problems when using samba servers?

are there any critical patches for samba-2.0.6 that may help with this

i use a global deadtime=1 setting.  would this possibly be a source of
these problems?

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