Microsoft Office file open/save problem

Cetera, Tony Tony.Cetera at
Thu Sep 27 07:11:05 GMT 2001

I followed your recommendation.  Strangely, it improved the performance of
Word and Access but I still have the delay when using Excel and Power point.

Any ideas why?


-----Original Message-----
From: Patrik Carlsson [mailto:pc at]
Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2001 5:37 AM
To: Cetera, Tony
Cc: 'samba at'
Subject: Re: Microsoft Office file open/save problem

I had a similar problem where I couldn't open or save
Office-files from a share that had the disk NFS-mounted from another

The answer I got and it worked for me, was to turn of locking.
put locking = No in your smb.conf.

What I did earlier where was to turn off everything with oplocks
to get samba to work nice under Solaris.

With Regards

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On Tue, 25 Sep 2001, Cetera, Tony wrote:

> I'm using samba 2.2.1a on Solaris 8 (E4500) with NT4.0 clients.
> Has anyone seen a problem when opening or saving documents using Microsoft
> office?  It seems that there is a 10-15 second pause before office lets
> edit the document when it is opened from the Samba server.  There is a
> similar delay when saving files using office.  Copying or editing files
> any other utility works fine, no delay.  The files are all relatively
> and the network is fast and reliable.
> Could this be a locking problem or related to Office temp files?  Is there
> fix or configuration change that might fix this?
> Thank you,
> Tony Cetera

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