Strange MS Excel permission problem

Todd Pfaff pfaff at
Tue Jan 25 04:24:24 GMT 2000

i think this problem is due to the fact that excel, and other ms office
applications, will delete the old file and create a new file when
rewriting an existing file, thereby setting the ownership and permissions
to those implied by the share configuration.

try defining your share something like this:

path = /some/path
valid users = @developers
write list = @developers
force group = developers
create mask = 0775
directory mask = 0775
security mask = 0777
force security mode = 0000
directory security mask = 0777
force directory security mode = 0000

On Tue, 25 Jan 2000, Brett Bartick wrote:

> I am currently using Samba 2.0.6 on a Sun box running Solaris 2.5.1. If
> I create a file on my Unix filesystem like
> 	name       : data.txt
> 	permissions: rw-rw-r--
> 	owner      : John
> 	group      : developers
> Assume my name is Brett and I'm in the developers group, if I go to my
> NT 4.0 system and modify this file via the NOTEPAD application,
> everything works fine,
> But, if I use MS Excel and modify this file, the owner and permissions
> on the file change to the person who has edited it. The behavior is
> different from the NOTEPAD editing session whereby ownership or
> permisions did not change. Any idea or clues as to why MS Excel is doing
> this and how I might go about fixing it?
> Thanks,
> Brett Bartick

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