File in use problem using Outlook 2000

Paul Dunphy pdunphy at
Mon Nov 19 07:19:07 GMT 2001

Can anyone please tell me how Windows (98/NT/2000) determines if a shared 
file is in use by another program?

I'm trying to share an MS-Outlook database from a Samba server, but quite 
often Windows reports that the file is in use by another program/user and 
will not let me use it, even though I know it is not being used. What is 
the best way to troubleshoot/fix this?

Incidentally, I'm running Samba 2.2.2 under IRIX 6.5 and couldn't be 
happier with it, save for this one minor problem (which probably isn't even 


Paul T. Dunphy, P.Eng.
Systems Administrator/Research Engineer
Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

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