[Samba] Very strange problem with profiles

Rasmus Reinholdt Nielsen rasmus at narani.dk
Mon Jun 10 05:26:02 GMT 2002


I guess the problem is that windows doesn't update a fils timestamp when it is
moved, only when edited.

That is why the files that you edit stays, since windiws recons that these are
newer versions then the ons on the server profile, whereas the ones that you
move do not get an uodated timestamp and are therefore  not seen as new files.

I think the timestamp is update on a copy, so if you copy the fil x form a 
to b
and then delete it at a, you should be able to work around this problem.


At 13:42 10-06-2002 +0200, scode at infidyne.com wrote:
>I have just had a client of ours encounter an extremely weird problem with
>roaming profiles. Wheather or not it's samba related I do not know, but I
>believe it could be.
>The problem is that the person in question is MOVING files from one
>location to another inside "My Documents" while logged in using a
>domain account WHILE DISCONNECTED from the network. He also changes a few
>files and moves an icon around on the desktop.
>Later, when booting the computer CONNECTED to the network and logging in,
>the icon is still in its new location, changes to existing files are still
>there (indicating that Windows has indeed identified the local copy of the
>user's profile as the authorative up-to-date one). BUT, Files that have
>been MOVED have been magically replaced to their original location!
>I have verified this multiple times personally. Moving file X from A
>to B is magically undone. If I move X and Y from A to B, and then
>modify Y in B, Y will stay in B after logging in in a connected state,
>but X has been replaced in A.
>What's going on? I was under the impression that Windows either used the
>local copy OR synchronized with the server to use it's copy. How is it
>possible that *some* changes are reverted but not others? Has anyone
>encountered such a thing before?
>I'm completely perplexed. Even after accepting the magical undo "feature", I
>cannot fathom why an move is NOT undone if a change is made to the file. In
>other words, in the situation above, file Y will NOT just not disappear from
>B, it doesn't re-appear in A either. It's as if Windows is somehow keeping
>track of the source/destination/move relationship of the file.
>How can modifying a file in one folder make Windows not download a file in
>another folder? After all, just because it's konceptually the same file,
>Windows doesn't know that.
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